I want to respond to the following quote from the article in Art Education,
"Cizek, one of the most important educators to influence the
Progressive Education Movement in the United States, considered his
young students as artists. He was an "artist-teacher" and thought that
to expose a child to adult art work could influence his or her
creativity in a negative way. Cizek also allowed children to
experiment with different media."
"Shaw refers to the teacher as a guide who wins the child's confidence
and learns from the child at the same time that the child is learning
from the teacher."
I do believe the teacher serves as a guide or as a facilitator. Yes I also
believe in building a relationship oriented learning community in which the
collective group is all learning together, including the teacher.
Nevertheless, I disagree that adult art work influences a child's creativity in
a negative way...I think children are way too resilient for that. When adult
work is used to provide ideas/examples/motivation it is a great resource. Even
van Gogh in his diaries to his brother Theo, proclaimed that the reproductions
he sent him of Millet's work, "invigorated" his pencil. However, I do believe
there needs to be a strong emphasis on individual personal self expression as
well as an emphasis on meaning, discovery and spirituality.
Dr. Diane C. Gregory
Director, Undergraduate & Graduate
Studies in Art Education
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX 76204
> Here are some quotes from this month's just-arrived ART EDUCATION
> magazine. Unfortunately the NAEA has seen fit to take down the
> electronic versions of their journals from the wonderful
> findarticles.com, so I have done some reading and typing for you here.
> Mayer, Veronica. "Rediscovering Ruth Faison Shaw and Her
> Finger-Painting Method"
> ART EDUCATION/ September 2005, pp. 6-11.
> "Her philosophy of education was based on the fact that children learn
> from playful sensory experiences with simple materials and playing
> games of their own invention."
> "She took dictation from stories created by 5 and 6 year old
> "Children were considered artists who had unique creative potential."
> "...the teacher should never assign a topic."
> "In 1907, Montessori introduced a method that emphasized the
> development of initiative and self-reliance by permitting children to
> do by themselves the things that interested them, within strictly
> disciplined limits."
> "Cizek, one of the most important educators to influence the
> Progressive Education Movement in the United States, considered his
> young students as artists. He was an "artist-teacher" and thought that
> to expose a child to adult art work could influence his or her
> creativity in a negative way. Cizek also allowed children to
> experiment with different media."
> "Shaw refers to the teacher as a guide who wins the child's confidence
> and learns from the child at the same time that the child is learning
> from the teacher."
> "At the end of the 1960's...with the develop of a new paradigm in which
> art was seen as an intellectual and scientific activity..."
> A timeline of Art Education practice contained in the article shows in
> 1969 "Creativity no longer dominates"
> Comments, anyone?
> kathy douglas
> Teaching for Artistic Behavior Partnership
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