December 6, 2000
Students of Dede Marshall's third grade class conduct an eSchool chat with Phoebe, a docent with the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.. Student questions are posted using the eSchool account of Ron Abdouch.
Phoebe: Good morning group...Welcome to our chat
Ron Abdouch: Good morning, we are expecting students shortly
Phoebe: Hi Ron
Ron Abdouch: We had a little trouble getting going this morning, but here we are. Students will be here in just
Phoebe: We had a little trouble too
Ron Abdouch: Glad to see you are with us!
louise: How cold is it out there today?
Ron Abdouch: It is about 20 and windy!
Phoebe: Are the kids ready yet?
Ron Abdouch: no not yet
Ron Abdouch: They are on their way
Ron Abdouch: Good morning. I am here now with Ellie and Austin
Phoebe: Great, welcome Austin and Blie
Phoebe: We're going to start with an image of George Catlin's
Ron Abdouch: go ahead
Phoebe: This picture shows a boat in St. Louis...really before St. Louis became a big community
Phoebe: Do you rremember looking at this image?
Ron Abdouch: No they studied another image!
Phoebe: Oh. okay
Phoebe: Well. you can use your scroll bar to look at this
Phoebe: What do you see that tells you something about the community?
Ron Abdouch: Do you have an image of a midland elevator?
Phoebe: We will use that one in a minute
Ron Abdouch: okay
Phoebe: Catlin came up through your area long before there was an Omaha
Ron Abdouch: Ellie would like to know what the size the painting is?
Phoebe: If you saw it in the museum it would about 30 inches wide by 20 inches high
Ron Abdouch: Thanks. Is it watercolor or oil?
Phoebe: I will show you some of the details that you can'[t see in the l\smaller size
Phoebe: This is an oil painting
Ron Abdouch: That image is not loading, try another
Phoebe: you will have to use your scroll bar and you will see that the indians on the front of the steamboat are
heading home from a visit to Washington
Ron Abdouch: Austin would like to know if the"barge Dock" painting is on a river or lake?
Ron Abdouch: I have not image at all on the screen
Ron Abdouch: Do you have an image of Misissippi Packets?
Phoebe: We will try the Barge Dock
Ron Abdouch: The Mural is by Wm Bunn and is a post office mural
Phoebe: Do you have the Barge Dock image?
Phoebe: The Bunn painting is a post office mural
Ron Abdouch: Yes
Phoebe: let's talk about the Barge Dock
Phoebe: I think that is a ri ver, or maybe a canal
Ron Abdouch: Austin would like to know if this is a river and what kind of community this might be. Is it realy
Phoebe: Well, the post office murals were supposed to mean something to the community where it was placed
Phoebe: So if there is a barge in the middle of the community, what do you think it would be carrying?
Phoebe: Do you think it's real or imaginary?
Ron Abdouch: Austin and Ellie think Supplies, visitors from other parts of the country were on the barge
Phoebe: Very good
Phoebe: Do you get supplies by barge nowadays?
Ron Abdouch: They think it is real because it looks realistic
Ron Abdouch: Austin and Ellie say no, but do you have other thoughts
Phoebe: I think that makes sense. The artist was supposed to paint something truthful about the community
Ron Abdouch: Do you have the Mississippi Packets mural?
Phoebe: Do your supplies come by truck?
Ron Abdouch: YES!
Phoebe: We will look at another image that you asked for
Ron Abdouch: Fine!
Phoebe: It's the Mississippi River Packets
Ron Abdouch: We have it!
Phoebe: That's a pretty dramatic painting
Ron Abdouch: Austin and Ellie would like to know if this is realistic
Phoebe: What do you think would be on these boats?
Phoebe: I can't say for sure because these boats aren't in use much any more
Phoebe: What do you think?
Ron Abdouch: People, fish, supplies, tools, animals
Phoebe: Now they are used as restaurants! They are still used as tourist attractions, too
Ron Abdouch: Do you have an image of glostermill elevator
Ron Abdouch: How aboud midland elevator
Ron Abdouch: This image will not load
Phoebe: You may want to re-type the url on your end
Ron Abdouch: Thanks for trying anyway. Austin and Ellie have to go now and they say thanks and that they
learned a lot
Phoebe: We will await another group
Phoebe: We will start the new group with the ADM Elevator
Phoebe: Is the new group ready?
Ron Abdouch: Good morning! I am here now with Patrick and Cole and they are studing Skating in Central
park, Harlem with moon, futuristic city and shotgun. Do you have any of those pictures?
Ron Abdouch: try again
Phoebe: You can look at this image while we pull up the other ones
Ron Abdouch: No image available
Phoebe: Are you getting this?
Ron Abdouch: Yes
Ron Abdouch: Cole would like to know if this is watercolor or oil paint or pastels?
Phoebe: You know that this is New York, don't you? What were the clues?
Ron Abdouch: Because of the skyline
louise: Good question, Cole! This is an oil, by Agnes Tait.
Ron Abdouch: How large is the painting
louise: Do you have a skating rink in your community? Or does it get too cold to skate? The painting is about
20 inches by thirty inches.
Ron Abdouch: No we can't skate because it does not get too cold
Ron Abdouch: Patrick would like to know in Harlem with Moon, why did the artist use so many curved lines
louise: That's amazing!! We all thought it got very cold in Omaha!
louise: Patrick - we will try to get back to you in a minute.
louise: We are going to look at Shotgun now.
Ron Abdouch: okay
Phoebe: Are you getting the image?
Ron Abdouch: Yes
Phoebe: What can you tell me about this community?
Ron Abdouch: Do you have Harlem with moon?
Ron Abdouch: We can tell you it is old and it looks like has been through a war
Phoebe: What does the artist do to make you feel that way?
Ron Abdouch: Dark colors, fire in back and people are old
Phoebe: Good. This was actually a church fire.
Ron Abdouch: Thanks, can we look at Harlem with moon now for Patrick?
Phoebe: I know that the church is a big part of lots of communities.
Ron Abdouch: Please try again
Phoebe: Ihope this is the right picture
Ron Abdouch: Even thought we cannot see the image of harlem with moon can you tell patrick why the artist
used so many curved lines
Phoebe: Patrick, at the time when Johnson painted it, he was experimenting with style. Maybe he thought
that this gave life to the picture.
louise: Do you have the image yet?
Ron Abdouch: Patrick agrees that it did give life. Are the cars on the side of the road do they have flat tires
Phoebe: Is there anything else in the picture that is a different way of looking at the city?
Ron Abdouch: Can't remember
Phoebe: What makes you think that the tires are flat?
Phoebe: We will try to send the image again
Ron Abdouch: Because they curve out in back
Phoebe: We are getting the image, are you?
Ron Abdouch: no!
Phoebe: Let's try an image that you've never seen!!!
Ron Abdouch: Don't bother with the image any more. Patricdk would still like to know if the tires are flat?
Phoebe: Are you getting a city school yard scene?
Ron Abdouch: No image at all, Are the tires flat?
Phoebe: No the tires aren't flat. They look like big balloons to me.
Phoebe: What do you have on your screen?
Ron Abdouch: Patrick and Cole say Thanks very much and they want to know if you have seen All the sights
Ron Abdouch: Nothing on screen
Phoebe: We have lived here so long that we've seen many but not everything
Ron Abdouch: Thanks so much and have a great day from Patrick and Cole!!!
Phoebe: I assume that you are leaving the computer now...Bye, and thanks for joining us.
Ron Abdouch: Bye for now
Ron Abdouch: Thanks for all you help! They were so excited and want to do it again!!
louise: We hope we can get all of the glitches straightened out! We feel like realpioneers.
Ron Abdouch: you are!!!