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The current thread about other teachers and parents that are not educated
about art enough to recognize what's important in art education is so valid,
and frustrating. Add to that, lack of respect for the subject (in el.
school) and you've got a situation that can be difficult to deal with. For
example, I too, mostly get positive feedback about my students' artwork only
when it is craftsy and cutesy. In fact, if the work doesn't all look
similar (which most times it doesn't) some think I've taught something
Here is a dilemma I'd like some ideas about. My principal (new) expressed
how important "holiday art" and "nice things to take home" are to my art
program. I said, "Why!?" He said, "P.R., parents expect that." I also
suspect that teachers may complain because they "don't have time to make
decorations" in their classroom (so my function, apparently is to supply
patterns for adult pleasing decorations). Please share some holiday (any)
art ideas that are artistically meaningful, but would also satisfy the
decorative or gift/craft quality that my principal says (he, teachers)
Please excuse this text if it is big and bold. Someone has been fooling
with the comp. settings, and I have to fix them.