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Re: [teacherartexchange] Meet the Masters


Date: Sat Apr 26 2008 - 15:35:39 PDT

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From: Arpi Krikorian
 I'd like some feedback for
programs such as these. Are they really assisting children in finding
own style and expression? Is this a good way to enrich the art
education in
schools? >>

Looking at their advertisement/website I found some things troubling:

<<It's Proven:
Art Education Can Improve Scores in Core Subjects Up To 20%! >> Ellen
Winner at Harvard's Project Zero did research that found no such direct
correlation. That is quite a statement to make without a factual basis
listed on the site.

<<It's Easy:
No Art Background Needed To Teach! Step-by-Step Curriculum!>> They are
bragging here that this is "cookbook" instruction, step by step.

<<It's Fun:
Kids Love the Artist Voices, Interactive Assemblies with costumes, era
props and music, hundreds of slide images, and finally
Create-their-own-Masterpiece Art Activity!>> This also sounds
time-consuming. I assume your child's school does not have an art
program? Are classroom teachers going to do this?

<< Young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours on
three days each week through at least one full year are:>>
Is this program going to run 3 hours per week for fifty two weeks?
That must require quite an investment. What is this program costing
the school?

the student examples shown did not, with one or two exceptions, use
materials in a way that was even close to what the artist being copied
was doing, ie, sandpaper and crayon to replicate pointillism?

I suppose that kids will learn about famous artists and "illustrate"
what they have heard about in a pre determined manner. It certainly
does not appeal to me! Are the administrators choosing this people
with any sort of art background? I assume that California does not
have visual arts standards for elementary age students?

Good luck to you...

kathy douglas
K-3 massachusetts, retired

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