Arts Education Seen as Common-Core Partner
At the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston , the painting "El Jaleo" —a canvas spanning 11 feet that features a flamenco dancer—is a popular starting point for getting students to spend time with a work of art.
But viewing and discussing the 1882 piece by the American artist John Singer Sargent isn't just a cultural experience. It also presents a powerful opportunity to tap into some of the same skills asked of students under the Common Core State Standards, said Michelle A. Grohe, the director of school and teacher programs at the museum, which has a close partnership with four Boston public schools.
"When one of our schools is focusing on 'close' readings, to read an excerpt of text and describe the main idea and provide supporting evidence or details, that is very similar to what we do with the...
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