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Lesson Plans

Re: More on mats -Reply

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Mon, 29 Jan 1996 12:03:10 -0400 (EDT)

I am familiar with and have tremendous respect for the contributions that
both of you (Barrett & Suggs) have and are making to the field of art and
education. I do have concern about the scaling of the issue into an
"either/or" problem. Perhaps there's appropriateness for both standards
to play a role. Considerations I ask myself include:
1) As a teacher, am I trying to fit the child meaningfully into the art
world or am I trying to fit art meaningfully into the life of the child?
I hope the latter.
2) Do museums and galleries dictate the standards for art programs and if so
why and when?
3) What options are available considering the resources, funds, staff,
facilities and time? Certainly not those of a museum's.
4) Are adult standards to be applied in this case? Are children small but
imperfect adults?
5) What role does the "purpose" of the exhibit play in the context of the
exhibit? Let's not get the cart before the horse.
_Just more fodder for thought.

Scholastic Art Awards accepts only black or white mats for competition
but many national juried competitions for professional artists do not.