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>What are we teaching in terms of the BIG picture? What do you all see the
>big picture as?
Creativity, resourcefulness, originality, perseverence, self-discipline and
motivation, aesthetic recognition and appreciation, respect for the
cultural and artistic accomplishments of all cultures, past and present,
NON-CONFORMITY. I see art classes, from pre-kindergarten right on up, as
the one environment in American education where the above items are
continually (at least they should be) encouraged and promoted. There is no
wrong answer. There can and should be positive reinforcement for taking the
dare to fail - in other words, taking risks and trying new things, new
materials, new techniques, new visions, etc. Lots of the academic subjects
have pretty clear levels of achievement that students need to reach in
order to pass, or graduate. While I want to see the arts have high
standards, I also am proud to be associated with an area of study in which
the act of creating (or performing, etc.) and the sense of personal
accomplishment is what is most valuable, not necessarily the product. The
attitudes and qualities that participation in the arts develops are
essential to life-long learning, productivitiy, and personal happiness!
Sandra Hildreth <shildret>
C.L.A.S.S. (Cultural Literacy through Art & Social Studies)
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617