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Re: [teacherartexchange] Ten Lessons the Arts Teach


From: maki-KAWA (kawa-makio_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Aug 14 2008 - 04:36:55 PDT

Dear Dr. Diane C. Gregory,

Whatever you contribute will be given to our members and perhaps we can
engage in a collaborative project together.


<Nine Lessons the Arts Teach>By Makio


  a.. Art education lets each individual student delineate his/her own
  a.. Art education gives students an impression of the value of beauty with
an awareness of society and the earth that will last for a lifetime.
Students also receive a sense of artistic judgment conscious of those around
them as they act.
  a.. Art education trains students in sensitivity and practical skills that
encourage the development of a creative lifestyle and a harmonious society,
as well as a beautiful earth.
  a.. Art education is concerned with instruction on the individual level.
It integrates knowledge and experience to foster a temperament and ability
that is both expressive and capable of superior problem solving.
  a.. Art education is concerned with the individual minds of students. It
trains in a richly human experience that has self-discipline,
cooperativeness with others, concern for others, and emotional depth.
  a.. Art education is concerned with the individual lives of students. It
provides enjoyable experiences of self-expression, and encourages students
to think about living lives true to themselves.
  a.. Art education is concerned with the individual profession of students.
It improves skills, provides an experience of the delight in being true to
oneself, and fosters creative ability in the workplace.
  a.. Art education is concerned with technology. It enhances goals and
safety, fosters delight in utilizing technology, and creates designs
concerned with beauty that connect technology (machinery) with man.
  a.. Art education is concerned with society. It suggests and is directly
concerned with social creativity that is peaceful and beautiful.

Art Teacher
Shinozaki Elementary School Art Museum

----- Original Message -----
From: "Diane Gregory" <>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2008 2:25 AM
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Ten Lessons the Arts Teach

Hi Guys,

This fall in my elementary art methods class for Art Education majors we are
embarking on a project to tell real stories about the significance of visual
art in our lives. We will use the "Ten Lessons that the Arts Teach" by
Elliot Eisner that is published on the NAEA web site as a starting point.
See below.

I will ask each student to write a brief personal story for any and all the
statements or lessons that the Arts teach according to Eisner. These can be
personal accounts that verify the statement and keep a personal explanation
about the truth and power of the statement. They can be studio oriented,
art history oriented, etc. We will collect the stories, edit them, and
circulate them back to this list for further comment. Perhaps, if it works
out, we can submit it to publication for School Arts or some other venue. I
anticipate that this project will go on for several weeks. I hope these
students can then create a PowerPoint presentation or some other work that
can be used by them and others to describe the value of an education in art
more authentically and powerfully. Students can then use this material to
advocate for their own art programs and I believe the stories will stick
with them and strengthen and transform their own understanding of
the value of an education in art. Many times beginning art teachers are
lost for words to articulate the value of an education in art and I hope
this project will help them give voice to what lies in their minds, hearts,
and souls.

Please join us in our storytelling. I have found that advocacy statements
like Eisner's truly come to life when artists and art teachers tell their
stories and provide examples of these fine statements. Eisner is so good at
articulating the value of our message. Now we can do what we do
best...adding the details and our stories about how these are reality and
not just pie in the sky.

I have published the ten statements below. If you care to contribute,
please do so on this list rather than sending private email. The idea is to
have a collective discussion about this. Perhaps we could even extend this
later to other discussion lists and provide testimonies about the value of
the arts. Whatever you contribute will be given to my students and perhaps
we can engage in a collaborative project together.



Ten Lessons the Arts Teach*
By Elliot Eisner

The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative
Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in
the arts, it
is judgment rather than rules that prevail.

The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and
that questions can have more than one answer.

The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret
the world.

The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving.
purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity.
Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to
the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.

The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor
number exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define
the limits of our cognition.

The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
The arts traffic in subtleties.

The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
All art forms employ some means through which images become real.

The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel,
they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do
the job.

The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source.
and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are
capable of feeling.

The artsb

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