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Re: Skoglund on ArtsEdNet

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Helen Diemert (hdiemert)
Thu, 1 Feb 1996 08:33:39 -0700 (MST)

To Nancy,
your question relating to the CRICITISM component in DBAE prompts
this reply. I have had trouble from the beginning of DBAE with the
emphases in that curriculum. In it, 3 of the components art quite
verbally enacted and only one involves image making (skill building in
the pictorial mode of communication). Here in Alberta, our elementary
school art curriculum is opposite. It is composed of 1) DEPICTION, 2)
COMPOSITION, 3) EXPRESSION, and 4) APPRECIATION. In the appreciation
component, we urge children to become familiar with art, i.e. to study
its origin (who made it, when, with what media, from what influences,
with what subject matter, etc.) and to enjoy it. That is quite different
from trying to CRITICISE it.
We believe that young students should have the opportunity to
build their skills in the graphic or visual mode of thinking just as they
do in the verbal mode through their language studies, or in the numerical
mode through arithmetic or in the gestural mode through movement, drama,
dance, etc. and through the auditory mode through music. There are only
these 5 basic ways to objectify thought or mind. If the art does not
focus on working actively in visual symbolics, then how can the learners
really appreciate or criticize adult expressions? Is this a problem? I
hope for a stimulating discussion on the nature of a good "Art" education

On Tue, 30 Jan 1996, Nancy Walkup wrote:

> Date: Tue, 30 Jan 1996 14:28:22 CST6CDT
> From: Nancy Walkup <walkup>
> To: tbarrett
> Cc:
> Subject: Skoglund on ArtsEdNet
> Terry:
> Being somewhat of a "content junkie," I'm very impressed with
> the quality, organization, and amount of information on ArtsEdNet
> about Sandy Skoglund. I've been alerting our teachers to look for it and
> have also downloaded it to share with teachers who currently have no
> access to the Web.
> We had an exhibition of Sandy Skoglund's work a few years ago
> here at the University of North Texas. Since we had slides still available from
> the teacher workshop we developed in conjunction with that exhibit, I was
> able to provide the teachers with images they could use in the classroom.
> Hopefully I can share teacher feedback with you as I hear from the
> teachers about their classroom experiences.
> I do have a question for you that relates to discussions we've
> been having here at our Institute about DBAE art production.
> activities. I realize that the Skoglund site is primarily
> concerned with criticism, but I would like to know:
> what significant art production activity or activities would you
> consider appropriate to accompany a critical discussion of Skoglund's
> work? And, in a broader sense, what criteria do you think are
> important in developing meaningful production activities in DBAE
> lessons centered around a work of art? Perhaps others on
> ArtsEdNet might also like to contribute to the discussion.
> Thanks,
> Nancy
> Nancy Walkup, Project Coordinator
> North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
> PO Box 5098, University of North Texas 76203
> 817/565-3986 FAX 817/565-4867
> Walkup