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Re: art class in the dark ages

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Nnaell_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat Feb 12 2005 - 13:15:40 PST


hahaha...I too was remember my NON-art from elementary school days. I grew up
in MO and went to a consolidated country school. Remember all those little
one house, K-8 or K 12 schools from way way back? Well they were pulled
together and I went to an elementary school that was way out in the sticks! (Where
some students were the only house at the end of a mile long dirt road) The
only art I ever remember was in kindergarten getting in an argument with my
kindergarten teacher (who happened to be my best friend's grandma) about paint red
hearts...I wanted to paint a house...why couldn't I do that? Finally I
won...but found no pleasure in my victory and painted my house.

I remember being in Brownies and drawing a picture of a medicine cabinetwith
a pink marker and having someone tell me it was wrong that medicine cabinets
weren't pink

I remember valentine's day boxes....remember those? How there was always the
contest for the best box? I always made my own but of course the student
whose parent made theirs won. <sigh> Then there was an art show in 5th grade.
WE did not have any art instruction but our artwork was a hanging fabric
collage mostly made of burlap. I remmber making this very funny girl (with the
sticking out pony tail of course....not that I knew anyone who had a ponytail!)
and trees. Did not win an award.....oh well....

My students are always amazed when I tell them that I did not have any art
classes as a kid (1 class, 1 semester in HS) and that I learned about making
art when I was a grown up! One of them said to me, " So that is why you teach
art now so you can make up!" I guess that is right! haha!

Of course these days that K-8 school is about 4x the size it was when I went
to school and is surrounded by sub developments filled with very expensive
homes. They have music, including instrumental music and art! My understanding
is that it is a very fine school. In all honesty...it was a very fine school
when I was there as well. Times they are a'changin'!

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