One of the first stops of 2014 in Missoula, CS Porter students were no strangers to art. Most of them had participated in the 5th grade art experience sponsored by the Missoula Art Museum and had a visit from the Art Mobile previously.
Beginning that week students were working on the process of interpreting artworks by first accurately and intensively describing what is present. Most of our discussion focused on the formal elements and what kind of meaning can be inferred through different expressions of line, color, form, scale, space, and textures. Our interpretations then took into consideration process, materials, and context of the artwork. Context was most often discussed as cultural influence seen in MaryAnn Bonjorni and Rabbit Knows Gun's work. Julia Becker's process of drawing while watching television was essential to student interpretations of chaotic, overlapping imagery and daily sketchbook entries.