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Re: DBAE ?'s long post

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Lily Kerns (cwkerns)
Thu, 3 Dec 1998 07:20:24 -0600

>>>Yes, I believe children and adults have become art illiterate. Critique,
vocabulary and art history background are needed to understand art but I
the DBAE is mainly in the academic left-brain arena and right-brain
production is the minor thrust. It may satisfy the art history major but the
practicing artist needs more freedom to create.

Aren't children practicing artists in the finest sense?

I've kept out of this discussion--I'm retired--this wasn't part of my
training or continuing education, although I have spent more than a little
time trying to understand the idea of DBAE...

I have a question for those of you who are using DBAE--I hear the term
production being thrown around occasionally--very seldom do I hear the
discussion including "creativity". Our state standards don't include
creativity as a goal; there's only a few items that even come close.
Assessment sems to find this pretty much impossible to evaluate--

Where do you think creativity fits in, and how do we teach it in a DBAE
context? Or should we bother?

Where I started teaching art 30 years ago, I learned 3 things very quickly--
1. I knew nothing whatever about how to teach creativity--it had never been
mentioned in my classes.
2. Teaching creativity was the last thing my school wanted of me--they had
enough trouble with kids' creative impulses without my teaching them how to
think beyond the usual.
3. My school had no intention of letting me teach creatively--my principal
informed me that I ought to be doing things like leather billfold kits, and
that kids should speak only after they raised their hands.....

I know a whale of a lot more about the subject now than I did then, but I'm
curious about this group's reflections on the matter.....


Lily Kerns CWKerns
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