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Re: Fwd: DBAE response

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gregjuli
Wed, 02 Dec 1998 21:38:46 -0600


You took the words right out of my mouth Terry.
MaryB

AbeleSmith wrote:

> Here's another.
>
> My response to the DBAE critics is that we are teaching art to the multitudes
> (hopefully) and very few of them will ever be professional artists or hobby
> artists.
>
> What we are aiming for, besides to touch and encourage those gifted few, is
> to create a population of art appreciators. People who can recognize and talk
> about and critique art in an intelligent way and are comfortable doing so will
> be the benefactors, the city council members who vote to purchase public art,
> the administrators who want to keep art in the schools, the parents who enjoy
> taking their children to museums and galleries, the purchasers of art, the
> congress members and senators and presidents who want to fund the arts, the
> CEO's and managers who purchase art for corporations.
>
> Music teachers don't just want to teach music to the gifted, but also want to
> create appreciators of music.
>
> I agree that first graders don't want a steady diet of discussion, but mine
> sure do enjoy looking at slides and talking about them. It is amazing to hear
> their insight and comments -- downright pleasurable! It is also amazing to
> see how much they remember about the art history from the discussions, and the
> positive comments from the parents.
>
> I have no rigid way of doing this -- I'm too right brained for that. It just
> happens, and hopefully it will happen in a way that I can keep the kids
> interested and want to look more things up in the encyclopedias and library
> books. I get "warm fuzzy" goosebumps when a parent tells me their son wanted
> to go to the public library to get books on Pre-Columbian cultures after my
> unit of studying them, and another parent tells me that their child was able
> to talk about many of the artworks in the museum and give his family their
> tour.
>
> Love my job!
>
> Terry
>
>
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Subject: Re: DBAE response
> Date: Wed, 2 Dec 1998 21:44:43 EST
> From: AbeleSmith
> To: MPBC90
>
> Here's another.
>
> My response to the DBAE critics is that we are teaching art to the multitudes
> (hopefully) and very few of them will ever be professional artists or hobby
> artists.
>
> What we are aiming for, besides to touch those gifted few, is to create a
> population of art appreciators. People who can recognize and talk about and
> critique art in an intelligent way and are comfortable doing so will be the
> benefactors, the city council members who vote to purchase public art, the
> administrators who want to keep art in the schools, the parents who enjoy
> taking their children to museums and galleries, the purchasers of art, the
> congress members and senators and presidents who want to fund the arts, the
> CEO's and managers who purchase art for corporations.
>
> Music teachers don't just want to teach music to the gifted, but create
> appreciators of music.
>
> I agree that first graders don't want a steady diet of discussion, but mine
> sure do enjoy looking at slides and talking about them. It is amazing to hear
> their insight and comments -- downright pleasurable! It is also amazing to
> see how much they remember about the art history in the discussions, and the
> positive comments from the parents.
>
> I have no rigid way of doing this -- I'm too right brained for that. It just
> happens, and hopefully it will happen in a way that I can keep the kids
> interested and want to look more things up in the encyclopedias and library
> books. I get "warm fuzzy" goosebumps when a parent tells me their son wanted
> to go to the public library to get books on Pre-Columbian cultures after my
> unit of studying them, and another parent tells me that their child was able
> to talk about many of the artworks in the museum and give his family their
> tour.
>
> Love my job!
>
> Terry