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Students Learn About Art from The Hyde Educator
Friday, November 06, 2015
Mike Coughlin, an educator from The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, encouraged students in the Therapeutic Support Program at the F. Donald Myers Education Center to draw while he talked to them about literature, history, and art.
He explained that the drawing he asked the students to do while he was talking was called stream of consciousness art. It has calming effect and helps open the mind for learning.
Mr. Coughlin showed photos of different works of art, explaining the various styles and techniques used by the artists, while leading an interactive discussion about two pieces of literature that the students had just studied: “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller and “Letters to a Young Poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke. When dissecting “The Crucible,” Mr. Coughlin delved into topics such as mass hysteria, values, rituals, and tolerance.
Then, he shared that Rainer Maria Rilke was a secretary to François Auguste René Rodin, a French sculptor, whose most recognized sculpture is “The Thinker.” He said Rilke learned from Rodin the value of objective observation and gave examples to illustrate the difference between subjective and objective information.
At the end of the lesson, students shared their stream of consciousness artwork.