“We are excited about this project with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. It is through the generosity of the Joe Barnhart Foundation that we are able to offer these unique and interesting experiences for our students,” said Nancy Jones, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.
Working with George Ramirez, MFAH student programs manager, teachers developed writing activities to accompany works of art from the museum’s collection.
The 7th-grade students participated in writing a personal narrative or story to go with an art selection of their choice.
The 10th-grade students participated in a research essay involving one of the art pieces. The research could include information about the artist, the manner in which this work of art was made, the culture, time period, or geographical location, the techniques used in the art work, and so forth.
Ramirez and his staff had posters and art cards made of a variety of art works from the museum. They came and discussed with the students the art works to generate interest in selecting a work of art to write about.
The results of this project can be found at http://twa.mfah.org/. On the Web site, viewers can see 20 art images, which they can move the mouse over and click on to read essays by BISD students.
“The Web site is very creatively done and showcases the work of our teachers and students. I hope we can continue this project with our students next year,” Jones said.
In addition, there is a lesson plan section on the site with plans developed by BISD teachers in conjunction with MFAH staff members. These activities correlate with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).