Lockwood Middle School students come to the
Springfield Art Museum
Art Museums are great places to explore issues of tolerance and communication. Take the simple, concrete example of looking at a sculpture. Standing on one side of the sculpture, Brian sees a tall rectangular opening. Standing on another side, Kate sees a twisting triangle. These two people report seeing very different things--which one of them is wrong? Students are quick to point out that no one is wrong, they're just looking from different points of view. Similarly, students may look at the same piece of art but generate very different interpretations of it based on their own life experiences. When setting up situations for students to observe and discuss art, we are also creating opportunities for students to reflect on how people see things differently based on their knowledge and circumstances.