Art Making and Meaning:
Understanding through Questions
The Real Thing – Reproduction Vs Original
Question for Understanding
If you haven’t made a drawing since you were a child, or if you are a practicing artist, think about an artwork you once made. What qualities of that work do you think might be difficult to capture in a reproduction?
Students recognize qualities of original artworks that are not captured in reproductions.
Activity Ideas for All Students
Show the DVD segment, “The Real Thing,” asking students to watch for information they can apply to the posters. Give students practice and feedback by using some or all of the interactive “The Real Thing” CD activities, which you can project for an entire class or which individual students can view in a computer lab. Students can use the CD to 1) review what they learned on the DVD, 2) apply what they learned to their everyday visual world, and 3) recognize how one can inquire about reproductions of old or new art.
Display poster, postcard, brochure, newspaper photo, Internet printout or other reproduction of an artwork that is on exhibit locally. Ask students to speculate about what the reproduction might not accurately capture (for example, color, size, surface texture, luminosity, alternative viewpoints, or small details). If possible, arrange for students to visit the local artwork to compare the original with the reproduction.
Activity Ideas Art Students
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