I sure agree with how people have strengths in various area and would like to add
that I also have had students(6-8) who really have enjoyed writing and
researching art more than the making. We need to recognize all areas of
learning. Some might be the the future art historians or gallery owners and some
Nnaell@aol.com wrote: I
> constantly educate (beginning with kindergartners and parents) that art is in
> the thinking....the problem solving....based on what media one likes best.
> Not every person is going to be successful with every medium....we experiment
> with everything...a student will like some media better than others....and
> that is perfectly fine.
A good K-12 curriculum can strenghten the overall program. It is so hard when
the elementary programs( who plant the seeds of interest) are weak. And also when
middle shool programs don't prepare or motivate the kids to take art in high
school All levels should work together. Strength in numbers.
> Over and over again I see how important art education is at the elementary
> level. This is the place where a teacher can really influence a student to
> the positive and shape attitudes and self-esteem. I feel for HS and MS folk
> who have poor feeder programs. We are very lucky here!