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Re: Art Advocate continuation....

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betti longinotti (p-lstudio)
Tue, 6 Jan 1998 11:38:18 -0500

Hello all-
This conversation which Robert opened is very interesting...I have given
this subject alot of intense thought lately and the conversation and
ideas expressed are helping me to deal with this, as I am sure it is
also helpful to others as well!
It seems that art education today is favoring a trend in disregard to
the formalist approaches and of 'art training' within approaches favored
for re., the teaching of art. There seems to be a current movement
based on the educational theories of the postmodern culture, to flush
out formalist ideals.
While I am not opposed to the introduction of new ideals and approaches
to art education I do not think these should be supported to the denial
of formalist approaches. I believe that the quality within art
education is inclusive of formalist ideals, as DBAE includes, at least
from my perspective and approach to DBAE.
We all have had some positive critical experiences like the one Bunki
spoke of. Where that 'A-HA" happens and true learning happens.
Teaching students how to see when they are drawing and painting are
critical first steps to an art education.
My first really great art teacher (in Jr. HS c. late 60's) was a Mr.
Mangano in PA. He taught me about art...he had a passion for art that
was more than the techniques he taught. But they were also revealed
through the process of teaching these techniques. I want my own
daughter to have the opportunities to learn from arts teachers who will
convey and provide these kinds of learning experiences (within visual
art, as well as dance, and music). Perhaps learning the formalist
ideals are not the end all or be all of what I want her (and my art
students) to know, but I think they are crtiical to a foundation of
learning about art, and that we should be extremely cautious to fling
them into wind.

In Art & Life,
Betti L.
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