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Re: Discipline Based Art Education

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design18 (design18)
Sun, 19 Dec 1999 14:27:42 +0000

More 2 cents about starting your first job having had your students teaching
experience a million years ago. I did the same thing four years ago. I
also took the Praxis, passed, and got a job. I was terrified. The biggest
changes are the formal elements, principles and DBAE. I find these formal
methods of teaching art a huge improvement over loosey, goosey way we
learned art, in high school and college. I've had to study some things
myself, such as a formal method to teach portraiture, which I wish someone
had taught me, and perspective. There are wonderful textbooks on the
market, for a jumping off place.
I also took a weeklong intense Getty DBAE
seminar which was excellent, and I use some of the methods, but not all and
not everyday. I too have no curriculum that follows the standards, so I
refer to the textbooks for suggested age/lessons. I then add my own
creativity, use a lot of real life situations (I worked as a package
designer for many years). We make package designs for cereal boxes, while
learning about marketing. We will do some Andy Warhol type designs, using
traditional media and computer manipulation. However, most is traditional
media. I just find it so much easier to "teach" technique when I can refer
to line, repetition, variety than the way I was taught in the 70's. The
first year is hell, it gets easier and easier, but I'm still exhausted at
the end of the day. By the way, we also trace for certain things
(transferrring designs, etc), which graphic designers do all the time. I
also explain when it is appropriate and legal to trace or to copy.

I think my biggest strength and weekness is that I can't stand to repeat
projects (we have 3 cycles in a year-elementary). So I am always thinking
of new ideas. But I exhaust myself doing this. Good luck and happy new

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