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Re: Is it the product or the process?

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Tue, 30 Apr 1996 00:20:58 -0400

I heartily agree with Kathryn Cascio's comments. While participating in a
summer curriculum project I was exposed to Dr. Max Thompson's approach to
teaching, and have adapted it to my own classroom and my college Methods
course. I've also simplified it down to this: whether it is a single lesson
plan, a curriclum unit, or an entire course - 1) you present some "new
stuff" related to what the learners are already familiar with (i.e.,
introduce rules of perspective as a way to portray 3-D space on a 2-D
surface); 2) you provide some activities to "practice" (i.e., draw 8 boxes
in 2 point perspective, etc., ); 3) you then provide a creative opportunity
to apply what has been presented and practiced (i.e., design a science
fiction book cover that incorporates perspective). I've taught many lessons
that now I recognize as being incomplete - either they only went as far as
the practice part - everyone did a perspective drawing of the front of the
school, or they were only the creative part - design a science fiction book
cover. Now I try to always combine them: introduce something new, practice
it, provide a way to creatively apply it. I believe this has helped my
students become more successful, which enables them to enjoy art class
more, and in turn enables me to enjoy it more.

Sandra Hildreth <shildret>
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617