Teaching Students About Neo Traditionalism

Neo traditionalism is an important movement in the arts that began in the 1970s. As K-12 teachers, it is important for us to teach our students about this art form, so they can appreciate its impact on the art world.

Neo traditionalism is a branch of postmodernism, which means it is a reaction to the modernist movements of the early 20th century. According to this movement, modern art had lost its cultural and social relevance and lacked the technical skills and craftsmanship of the past. Therefore, the neo traditionalists began to draw inspiration from earlier artistic styles, techniques, and themes.

Teaching our students about neo traditionalism can help them to understand how modern art has developed over time, and how it has influenced contemporary art. Moreover, they can appreciate the various techniques, styles, and symbols that were employed by the neo traditionalists to express their ideas.

The best way to teach students about neo traditionalism is to introduce them to some of the most important artists and their works. For example, they can learn about Julian Schnabel, who is known for his Big Shot paintings that combine various materials such as broken plates, antique textiles, and broken glass. Our students can also appreciate the work of Jeff Koons, who is famous for his sculptures of everyday objects such as balloon dogs, which he reproduces in stainless steel.

Finally, our students can also appreciate the neo traditionalists’ use of historical themes and mythologies in their work. For instance, they can learn about the work of Cindy Sherman, who creates photographic self-portraits that reference classical paintings or the Hollywood film industry.

In conclusion, teaching our students about neo traditionalism can give them a deeper understanding of the evolution of art over time, and help them to appreciate the skills and ideas of modern and contemporary artists. By introducing them to some of the most important artists and their works, we can inspire them to develop their own creative skills and ideas.

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