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Re: [art_education] Wipe out-Woody

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lindwood_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat Feb 07 2004 - 06:00:10 PST


You are right, Woody. Nobody but a trained artist or art ed person gets
it. I lost count years ago of the kids who veered off into another
direction from my intended project because I let them go with their
enthusiasm and ideas. It's not a power trip we are on, it's about
teaching kids to love the creative process and appreciate art. If they
happen to become fantastic artists along the way, it is no surprise. I
have been in a classroom lately where the "trained" art professional
(actually, she is an art teacher) has kids copy her own art. Every kids
art is GORGEOUS, and they all look the same. So SAD! Even trained
people need to be able to let go of the extreme power trips that they
can find themselves on. She has no qualms about showing anyone who
comes in "her art" and takes pride in showing off the kids' work that is
just like hers. Unbelievable. They are trained in only one way that I
can see...technically. To miss the point that kids can be trained
technically and have their own creativity nurtured is a travesty. I
can't believe this person has held a position in this otherwise great
school for as long as she has. The other teachers in the department are
great art teachers where creativity and skill development both reign. I
can only imagine the conversations and feelings they must have. I have
inherited a few of this first person's students and they are definitely
skillful. To see them be able to use their skills with open ended
results is interesting to watch. Some love it, some freak out and need
a lot of encouragement on how to choose from an open ended approach.
Our job is most definitely to respect their ideas and teach them at the
same time.

Linda Woods

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