Art in Action with Students

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Yesterday was a professional development day.  We have been going to the National Gallery and I loved the experience.  At first I will admit, not a work of art I would observe for a large length of time in front of this work if alone, but this experience created a stream of thinking!

Our group simply looked at memorial for a few minutes and shared observations: all gold, facing the same direction, marching together, one man on horse.  Then we looked for signs of leadership:  drummer setting pace, pose of man on horse, readiness of horse, unity of group.  Our last interaction was to spread out and on the count of 3, take the position of someone in the work and freeze.  The docent then went around and tapped each of us on the shoulder to share one line of what we thought the figure was thinking.  The answers…

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