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Kentucky Educational Television
Ideas for Classroom Use: High School/College
Program 1, Segment 4
Touchstones: Measuring the Value of Artworks

SEGMENT 1: How Artists Get Started
SEGMENT 2: Process: How Artists Paint
SEGMENT 3: Ideas: How Artists Choose What To Paint
SEGMENT 5: Ideas: Furthermore


Segment Length: 9 minutes
In-cue: Start with the “Touchstones” title which introduces this segment (approx. 35:09 into the program).
Out-cue: “... and his reconsideration of every stroke.”

Description
The featured artists show and analyze artworks that particularly appeal to them, including landscape, portrait, and still-life paintings in the collections of the University of Kentucky Art Museum, the Speed Art Museum, and the National Gallery of Art. Their comments offer viewers a lesson on how to look at a painting.

Keywords
art elements of space (depth, foreground, background), color, value (lights and darks), and texture; composition; horizon or eye level; movement

Kentucky Core Content
AH-H-4.1.31, AH-H-4.1.34

Classroom Activity Idea
Have students select a master painter’s painting that particularly appeals to them; it should be a still life, portrait, or landscape. Then, to paraphrase something said by artist Sheldon Tapley, ask them to “give the picture a lot of time and put effort into studying.” After studying the work, each student should be prepared to show the work, provide background information about it and the artist who painted it, and help the viewer really see the painting by analyzing it (following the example of the artists in the “Touchstones” segment).


SEGMENT 1: How Artists Get Started
SEGMENT 2: Process: How Artists Paint
SEGMENT 3: Ideas: How Artists Choose What To Paint
SEGMENT 5: Ideas: Furthermore


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