I know that on our kindergarten report card, students are actually assessed
on whether they can fill in a shape with solid color. Doing all the things you
said, staying in the lines, no white showing, dark color vs. light color,
etc. For them it is a way to assess fine motor skills. You can imagine my shock
when I first discovered they were graded on coloring in the lines!
Funny story.....A kindergarten teacher came to me and said she had had a
difficult parent conference. This parent was upset because the teacher had marked
her down on "coloring in the lines". The parent could not understand why the
teacher did this. The student had had artwork in art contests and loved art,
she could not understand why the teacher had marked her down on coloring in
the lines. Well.....when the teacher came to me, I pulled out the student's
portfolio and showed her the work to date (this was the first marking period in
Nov. I do not do an art grade until March!) The teacher said Definately, the
student was not doing the same kind of work in her class as she was in art.
My response to the teacher was, "It is hard to stay in the lines, when you
don't start with any!"
So, my response to the question do we teacher coloring skills in ele....I
would have to say, in art, I teacher proper use of all art media! So...when we
are using colored pencils we talk about layering colors, no white showing (this
is a biggie throughout!) etc. We talk about using oil pastels to have a
"painterly look" rather than like a crayon drawing...again, no white showing. I
think it would depend on what the elementary art program is like. For
instance, you can't do much in 1/2 a week....or an hour for 1/2 a year. I am lucky..I
see my students 1 hour a week (sometimes I intergrate and can squeeze in a
bit more) all year...starting with the beginning of school. But many students
do not even get that!