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Lesson Plans

Jane Allen/Studio Approach

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Sun, 25 Feb 1996 23:30:56 -0500


The wonderfully eloquent way you described your world travels, and how they
have inspired you to work in the studio is exactly the reason art education
needs to incorporate all the disciplines of art (DBAE). None of the artists
of the past (or present) just made art - they were of course influenced by
the world around them, just as you have been. They had personal
experiences, they saw work by other artists, they had goals in mind that
were significantly related to the culture and society they lived in. That's
why we need to include art history as part of studio lessons. That's why we
need to give our students the vocabulary and skills for making critical
assessments about both their own art and that of others. And that's why
aesthetics needs to be included in the art classroom studio experiences so
kids can make educated, personal judgements about art, (not just saying "I
don't like it, it's dumb", or "I like it, it's pretty). No one is proposing
that studio art be eliminated - just enhanced by including all the DBAE

Sandy Hildreth <shildret>
7-12 Art, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617