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Re: teaching/meeting art standards


Date: Sat Feb 09 2002 - 05:07:51 PST

"Bottom line, a student will remember his/her art work and
 effort put into the project.. The student will not
remember the teachers effort and prep/set time a teacher
has put into projects... includes showing of slides,
 pictures of other artists, history shown and told..
 Former students of mine have come to me telling about the
art projects they worked on and produced.. not what we,
as a class discussed"

 I would like to respond to this. What level do you teach?
 I teach high school, and so my former students are those
 that come back from Parsons, Pratt, School of Visual Arts,
 FIT, Ringling, and what they tell me is contrary to what
 yours are telling you. They ARE thanking me for
 introducing them to the notion of "thesis statements" in
 writing, they ARE thanking me for having my Tuesday
 evening Art History slide 'club', they ARE thanking me for
 the criques we do as a class, and the 'artist's community'
 these critiques and 'talking' produced. And in fact as a
 'class' of advanced students spread across the US, they
 stay in touch with each other, and in fact moments after
 the Sept. 11th tragedy, they all emailed the student who
 was going to the School of Visual arts at the time, then
 they emailed me to let me know they all were ok.

Perhaps it is because those 'projects' we do are considered
 'experiments' and not 'masterpieces', perhaps it is
 because I try to encourage the broader picture of what it
 means to be an artist in society and in history, perhaps
 it is because I think art is 24/7/365 and teach it as
 such. My students do not seem to differentiate between one
 project and another as being the defining moment in their
 art experiences in high school. And lastly, perhaps it is
 because I have the luxury to teach in a high school that
 has 8 different art classes, so that when they reach the
 final class and prepare to go to college, they have moved
 through all superficial reasons of "why make art", and
 have come to realize they have no choice.

San D