What I don't do for second graders ....
I’m putting together an exhibit primarily for my Classics for Kids class (GATE project). This week my second graders will consider containers and utensils as art. These are second graders, so this won’t be that complex.
I’m using a mixture of objects that span about two thousand years. It helps to live in a house that resembles a museum. ….
Thus far I’ve selected two pieces of Chinese porcelain, (and discovered that I don’t know how to spell ‘porcelain.’). One is a pale green and yellow bowl from the mid 1600s. It’s very small, very elegant. The other is early 20th Century rice drop pattern. It too is very pretty.
From America I’m including native American bowls from the South West and the Mississipian Culture. The Pueblo culture bowl is black and brown with fugitive white designs. It dates to about 1450. The mound-builder’s bowl is from about 1040 or so. Both are classic shapes.
I’m including two pitchers. A pewter pitcher with a hinged lid dates to 1692. The date is engraved on the pitcher. It’s a family item. Next to it I will place an American hand blown art glass pitcher. It’s very a deep, rich green.
I’ve selected a very small, very fragile Geisha Girl bowl from the mid 19th Century, an English iridescent glass vase, an American cranberry glass vase, and a German stein. These will probably sit next to a 1st Century Roman pitcher and two oil lamps from the same era.
Also included will be a 15th Century German silver spoon, some mid and late 19th Century silverware, and three or four spoons c. 1740 by New England and South Carolina silversmiths.
That should do it. It will be on display for a week, then move on to another school. I’m holding my breath that none of this gets lost or broken ….