I am a certified art teacher who worked at the elementary level for five
years. I remember how exciting it was to get really meaningful work out of
the students--2nd graders who could use movement in a picture and explain
it! I put up the work and was so proud and then, so frustrated when there
was no one in the building who recognized what an achievement the student's
had made. I used to tell the students that they were learning stuff that
many of their teachers and parents didn't know.
It is an uphill battle, but you are making a difference. Keep the faith.
> From: Lyna Kittelmann <lynak>
> To: artsednet <artsednet.edu>
> Subject: design principles vs. crafts
> Date: Saturday, August 01, 1998 10:52 AM
> I found this topic quite interesting. Again, please remember I am a
> generalist not a certified art teacher. But one problem I run into when
> teaching art is I try to teach design principles, but my neighboring
> teacher teaches "crafts". She has some cutsy stuff come out of her
> all just alike or nearly. Everyone raves about her "art". My children
> authentic art work, and it is sometimes not pretty, nor is it cookie
> cutter, but they are just learning. In the drive to be seen as a good
> teacher you want John Q. Public to know so you must advertise as it were.
> How do I as a generalist mesh the two and compete with "that teacher" or
> I just forget this and take my lumps?
> By the way, it is so exciting when a students understands a technique and
> runs with it....but this does not translate well.
> Lyna, 3rd, ID