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Re: easy vs. tough long and windy!


From: Karen Chilman (ChilArt_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Apr 03 2002 - 18:34:27 PST

I have also found that many of students like the writing and talking about
art, as much as the making. Occasionally, I will get a student that will
say "Hey, this is art why are we writing?"
I have multiple answers, but usually to the effect of developing the entire
writing across the curriculum is extremely important and can help children.
Three years ago I had a doctoral student in my room doing research about
writing in art.... according to his documentation, in my twelve weeks with
7th grade students their writing skills alone improved over 80% due to the
writing that I have students do in my course. Art can make a difference in
so many ways!
Don't limit it by only making token images... instill meaning. There has to
be a balance.
My principal recently asked how much of my grade was based on written work
and how much on product...I really didn't know until I looked in the grade
book. I was actually surprised. It was 50/50.

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Subject: Re: easy vs. tough long and windy!

> 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
> the creators.
> MaryB
> wrote: I
> > constantly educate (beginning with kindergartners and parents) that art
is in
> > the thinking....the problem solving....based on what media one likes
> > Not every person is going to be successful with every medium....we
> > with everything...a student will like some media better than
> > that is perfectly fine.
> A good K-12 curriculum can strenghten the overall program. It is so hard
> 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
> school All levels should work together. Strength in numbers.
> maryB
> >
> > Over and over again I see how important art education is at the
> > level. This is the place where a teacher can really influence a student
> > the positive and shape attitudes and self-esteem. I feel for HS and MS
> > who have poor feeder programs. We are very lucky here!
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