I appreciate you joining the discussion. In asking questions
about significant production activities in relation to
Skoglund's work, I was searching for ways to extend the
critical discussion to a meaningful art production activity.
I think there are many misconceptions about both DBAE and art
criticism. When initially introduced to art criticism, many
people associate negative connotations with the word
"criticism." This is understandable; the first definition given
for criticism in Webster's Dictionary is "the act of
criticizing, usually unfavorably." Yet Webster's second
definition is more appropriate for art criticism as practiced in
DBAE: "the art of evaluating or analyzing works of art." If you
look carefully at the questions in the Sandy Skoglund material
on ArtsEdNet, I think you will find that they are intended to
help students interpret the meaning of the work, rather than to
criticize it in a negative way.
In my teaching experience, adding historical and cultural
content and evaluating and discussing works of art that relate
to the concepts being learned improved the quality of students' art
production. I believe that introducing students to many artists'
interpretations of a theme or coneept illustrates that there are
many ways to solve a problem and frees the students to explore
their own ideas.
I'm not sure I've responded sufficiently to your comments. Perhaps Terry
would like to further explain criticism as it relates to the ArtsEdNet
Skoglund material and to DBAE in general.
Thanks again for your comments.
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