I agree with you Woody. My antenae go up whenever I hear a statement that says
"never" assign a topic! It is taking things too far. If one agreed with that
line of thinking, one could argue that the selection of materials is assigning
a topic...so the statement is basically inconsistent. If this is what they
believe, then albeit take your crayons home and don't intervene at all...all of
life is about affecting each other...relationships, the environment all effect
us...such a silly argument about keeping intervention at bay. However, kits
and kaboodles do go too far...What is the right balance...?the only way to
discover this, is on an individual basis and in relationship with a
student...there are no formulas. We pray and humbly enter the world of the
child...precious hearts and minds--what an honor we have.
Dr. Diane C. Gregory
Director, Undergraduate & Graduate
Studies in Art Education
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX 76204
Quoting Woody Duncan <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> Comments, of course:
> > "...the teacher should never assign a topic."
> By assigning topics we guide students. We should choose topics
> that have an interest to them or that we make interesting by
> how we present it. By having some control of topic and media
> we are better able to provide guidance. Our students won't
> learn much about taste and growth if we allow freedom to
> paint Micky Mouse, Sponge Bob, Barbie, and Beer Cans, etc.
> (I taught Middle School)
> Any structure we provide must be open enough to allow for
> experimentation and individual creativity. Teachers should
> provide just enough framework to meet certain objectives.
> But, we need to be careful not to use the students to
> create the teachers art. They are our students not our
> paint brushes.
> > "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."
> Creativity is important, but students must have as complete as possible
> an exposure to the art of the past. I can't imagine an English teacher
> teaching writing and not exposing students to good literature. What if
> History teachers taught without exposing students to World War II ?
> > "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 must admit that a major reason I taught was to learn from my students.
> They kept me fresh and continually thinking. Was that being selfish ?
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