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Re: [teacherartexchange] new string: monoculturalism in the art classroom


From: Susan Bennett (seasideblueviolet_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Apr 27 2007 - 13:23:37 PDT

I guess it depends how diverse your population is.
Our community is like a zoo so to speak using your
analogy. In one classroom I have 3 children from
various parts of Africa, one from the Phillipins, one
from Russia, one from Mexico. 14 others are from
various parts of the US. I live in a fairly typical
community. When I say from I mean born in the other
Susan in Ohio
--- Marvin Bartel <> wrote:

> >I am writing a short paper on the benefits of
> teaching personal
> >cultural lessons BEFORE teaching world
> cultures/multiculturalism in
> >the art classroom.
> >
> >I am looking for papers, opinions, links, ideas,
> articles and
> >publications relating to the idea that we should
> try to get kids to
> >understand THEIR roots before we expose them to
> someone else's roots.
> >
> >You teach about the squirrels outside the window
> before teaching about
> >penguins, right? Unless you teach in Argentina.
> >
> >Thank you for your advice and continuing this
> string.
> >
> >Aaron Schnittman
> >
> Aaron,
> I wholeheartedly agree with your premise.
> I suggest:
> Creatively Teaching Multicultural Art
> I will also email you a copy of a draft of an
> unpublished manuscript, Revolutionizing Art and
> Social Studies Integration. I am preparing it for a
> social studies education journal. It gives the
> rationale and examples where art and social studies
> are integrated by consulting the art teacher first
> and doing artwork first rather than using artwork to
> review the social studies as it is generally done.
> Marvin
> Marvin Bartel, Ed.D., Professor of Art Emeritus
> Goshen College, 1700 South Main, Goshen IN 46526
> studio phone: 574-533-0171??
> "Art is me when I am myself." ... a kindergarten
> girl when asked, "What is art?"
> "You can't never know how to do it before you never
> did it before." ... a kindergarten boy working with
> clay for the first time.
> ---
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