The Educationally Interpretative Exhibition: Rethinking the Display of Student Art, Making Arts Learning Visible
By Patty Larrick
A Project of the Stanislaus County Alliance for Arts Education in collaboration with the Stanislaus County Office of Education.
How do we view and understand a typical student art show? What do we make of what we see? Do we look for the “best” work? The blue ribbons? The “talented” kids? Maybe we look first at the nametags that identify the student, school and grade level. Do we learn anything about how the work was created? Can we make any assumptions about teaching and learning from the singular examples on display?
This month, the Stanislaus Alliance for Arts Education, in collaboration with the Stanislaus County Office of Education implemented an educational model for the display of pre-K through high school artwork. Based on a model developed by Elliot Eisner at Stanford University, the Educationally Interpretative Exhibition (EIE) was introduced at the County Office of Education, March 4-14, 2013.