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Re: Discipline Based Art Education? -- reply

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John Antoine Labadie (labadie)
Thu, 16 Dec 1999 08:46:55 EST5EDT

> my 2 cents:
> when i accepted a middle school art position, i too had no
> experience. my student teaching was 18 years prior. there was no
> art curriculum in our school. oh, there was but all it said that in
> 6th, 7th and 8th grades the students would learn to draw, paint and
> make 3-d objects. i found a dbae book in an old closet. it saved
> my first year. i used it exclusively with much success. with
> experience i learned it isn't a bible, and there are many approaches
> to teaching art that are as good (some better). it is good
> structure for those of us that need guidance to find our own way.


This is my 20th year of teaching in the visual arts. A period
shorter than some active art educators but longer than many others.
What have i seen? In this time art educators have embraced (among
other things) curricula focused on Lowenfeld, cultural sensitivity,
psychological research, visual arts disciplines, and new digital
technologies. On my computer table sits a copy of "Art as Education"
( R. MacDonald c.1941) which i still find useful in teaching my
university computer graphics classes. The message: search the
closets and the libraries in order to know what is available. There
are no bilbles for art education and each educational sitaution will
require a unique blend of information and resources to do the best
job for the students in each school. As Aldous Huxley said:The more
you know the more you see."

All the best in Y2K and beyond.

Regards, John

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