I understand the value of writing about art, and I think the suggestions
that have been given on this list are useful. However, I teach elementary
students once a week for forty minutes. I feel that if I gave my students
two writing prompts every week, that's all we'd have time to do. When would
we practice the skills of visual communication through art making without
words? Students are given so little time for this endeavor to begin with.
I'm not disagreeing with the value of written communication, I'm just
standing up for carving out time for visual communication. What do you
elementary teachers think?
----- Original Message -----
From: "shinds" <email@example.com>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, April 14, 2002 10:52 PM
Subject: writing in the art room
> Since we don't have enough to do already, all teachers in my school are
> required to give two writing prompts per week to each class. Yes, even
> the art,
> music , and P. E. teachers.