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Lesson Plans


Curriculum Issues

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Glen Williams (gw1944)
Mon, 7 Apr 1997 15:00:59 -0500


Partially in response to the posting from Alphame I would like to say
that I came to curriculum seriously only about 13 years ago. Up to that
time I saw curriculum as materials, techniques, projects, specific skills,
some art history, and vague platitudes about creativity, imagination, and
the exploration of self. The thematic approach offered by Dr. Erickson is
the closest thing that I have found to the answers to the structure of an
inclusive art education which I struggled with for 4 years. Yes, it is
only a starting point and can not be seen as the "answer". But what it does
, is to offer a skeletal work of a philosophy for both art history and
studio art education. This is a mighty attempt and deserves a lot of
praise. Because of its aspirations (in my eyes) it also needs a lot of
professional friction to ensure a viable classroom life. It professes to
connect art at all levels- with other disciplines as well as with concrete
experience in everyday life. Most of the art courses which I took, and too
many of which I taught, made art special in narrow ways, and universal only
in its superiority to other disciplines. Not good. But too common. I find
this approach so far to be integration of a high practical order. I do
believe that it needs to be kicked, pulled at , punched, as well as savored
though.
Glen Williams