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Re: Preservice Art Ed

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Sidnie Miller (sidmill.edu)
Fri, 21 Feb 1997 20:34:19 -0800 (PST)

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Dear Lorena--I think the whiners are operating on a giant cop-out. When
they take any class they are expected to perform whether it is math,
statistics etc. They don't get to just say this is too hard and I'm
just an elem. teacher I shouldn't have to know anything. They would
never consider saying this to their statistics prof. but they have this
mistaken idea that artists are struck by thunderbolts when they are
infants and it's too bad for the rest of the world. Most of art work
can be learned as a skill sport by any intelligent person, and the skills
improve with practice. The real art takes place in your head--that's
where the evaluation might aim--most people with normal co-ordination
can accomplish a good art production if they desire and choose to do so.
I always give my students a right/left brain lecture (I know that the
scientific basis for this is weak, but it works well and makes so much
sense) and tell them the right side is their creative, artistic side but
it is silent and visual and weaker. If the stronger verbal left brain
won't shut up withlittle naggings like "this is too hard, I can't do
this, I've never been very good a art, my work is going to look stupid
compared to everyone else's etc.)you will be unable to access your right
brain and you WON'T be able to do art. When I hear them saying this is
hard and I can't do it I tell them to slap themselves on the left side
of their head and be quiet and give their right brain a chance. It
really seems to work--or at least they learn not to whine. Sid

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