ARTmobile adventure.When the art department of Pinellas County Schools Pinellas County Schools is a school district serving Pinellas County, Florida and based in Largo, Florida.
It has about 148,000 students and more than 13,000 employees. Dixie M. Hollins was the county's first superintendent of schools. , Florida made a commitment to an ARTmobile in the early 1960's, there was really no way of knowing just how the program would grow and develop. The goals of this program include giving students opportunities to experience art and cultures they might not ordinarily have a chance to see. Every effort is made to ensure that all students who enter these ARTmobiles have a meaningful learning experience that affords them enrichment, understanding, enthusiasm and an introduction to a lifelong appreciation of art.
We now have two ARTmobiles and the genuine excitement generated by both students and teachers indicates that the idea was a sound one. These travelling museums/galleries are housed in trailers measuring 12' x 28' (3.6 m x 8.5 m) that are towed from school to school. It takes four years for each ARTmobile to visit every elementary and middle school in our county.
Our newest ARTmobile, Gallery U.S.A. 1950-Present, was launched in October, 1988. The interior space has the clean, pristine white look of a contemporary gallery featuring undulating walls which are lit by track lighting. Additional artwork is mounted in a cabinet and can be pulled out for viewing. A TV, VCR VCR: see videocassette recorder.
in full videocassette recorder
Electromechanical device that records, stores on a videotape cassette, and plays back on a TV set recorded images and sound. and storage space is tucked diagonally into a corner. The floor is covered with gray low-pile carpet except for the cabinet area which has parquet flooring. Through collaboration with the University of South Florida
• • [ Art Museum (Tampa), twenty-two pieces of contemporary artwork are on loan. This loan gives Gallery U.S.A. authenticity and professionalism.
The ARTmobile is, of necessity, completely redone re·done
Past participle of redo. with each new theme. Before the actual reconstruction of interior space, a design team of tour to five art teachers decides on the theme and arranges for purchase or loan of art and artifacts artifacts
see specimen artifacts. . The team also makes other necessary/design decisions to culminate in a viable, exciting environment--inside and out. A model is constructed to guide the summer construction crew--more art teachers. Summer work time and money is always a concern and much has to be done in a minimum of time and with only four to six participants. We have witnessed tremendous cooperation among teachers involved, a real sense of commitment, enthusiasm and spirit of accomplishment that outweighs the hard work and deadlines. Ultimately, the positive response of students, teachers and others who visit the ARTmobile is the real reward.
In the ARTmobile students are involved in art criticism, art history and aesthetics. When back in the artroom, they create art. Art teachers enjoy their visits based on artists represented in the exhibit. Periods of art represented include Abstract Expressionism abstract expressionism, movement of abstract painting that emerged in New York City during the mid-1940s and attained singular prominence in American art in the following decade; also called action painting and the New York school. , Pop Art, Op Art and Super Realism. They make way for a plethora of new lessons and ideas. For the Gallery U.S.A. exhibit, the design team decided it was necessary to include well-known artists such as Frank Stella Noun 1. Frank Stella - United States minimalist painter (born in 1936)
Frank Philip Stella, Stella , Alexander Calder Noun 1. Alexander Calder - United States sculptor who first created mobiles and stabiles (1898-1976)
Calder , George Segal Noun 1. George Segal - United States sculptor (born in 1924)
Segal , Jackson Pollock and Claes Oldenburg. Artworks created by art teachers are also included and stand up quite well beside these other artists.
It is interesting to note that as we continue to develop curriculum, our ARTmobiles become more valid as a means of communication. Incorporating art history, art criticism and aesthetics in greater depth and involving greater dialogue by students than ever before, students truly become involved in the artwork. We delight at the potential to make art come alive for our students in an environment conducive to learning about art. For the art teacher who pushes a cart, and, unfortunately, a majority of our teachers do, the ARTmobile provides a little bit of heaven! Furthermore, this wonderful relation between Gallery U.S.A. and our curriculum objectives validates the importance of our ARTmobiles as learning and growing environments.
The ARTmobile is also a perfect public relations public relations, activities and policies used to create public interest in a person, idea, product, institution, or business establishment. By its nature, public relations is devoted to serving particular interests by presenting them to the public in the most promotion for art education--not only for parents but for people within the school administration. A large reception is a must to introduce the newest ARTmobile. Local radio and TV stations are invited. The guest list includes all elementary and middle school principals plus other administrators. It is recommended that art teachers have a reception at their school when the ARTmobile arrives and invite the faculty, staff, administration, PTA PTA or parent-teacher association: see parent education. and other interested persons. All this creates excellent publicity and an adventure in art that is a sound way of building both school and community support not only for ARTmobiles, but for art education in general.
Joanne Koontz teaches art at Plumb Elementary School, and Teresa Terry is an art resource teacher for the Pinellas County Schools, St. Petersburg, Florida St. Petersburg (often shortened to St. Pete) is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. The city is known as a vacation destination for North American and European vacationers, as well as a politically important battleground in U.S. Presidential politics. .