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The State of Art Education

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%X (shildret)
Tue, 06 Jan 1998 11:45:39 -0500

Bunki and San D made some very positive and revealing statements about the state
of Art Education today. I also wanted to toot my own horn a little and say that
as the one and only person responsible for Art Methods at a small liberal arts
college in northern New York, that I have tried to incorporate the new methods
as well as my 27 years of experience into what I try to instill in my Methods
students. I'm still a fulltime classroom teacher too, so I can proudly say I do
practice what I preach and preach what comes from experience, not textbooks.
Unfortunately, my Art Methods course meets only 8 times, 2 and a half hours
each, in the 4 weeks prior to the official start of student teaching. So I get
20 hours to prepare college art majors (who have also had several regular ed
courses) to be teachers! It is never enough. My primary focus has been to
promote elevating the Arts to more than just busy work - emphasizing that the
Arts are a primary component of education, etc., etc. (you all know this); and
how to design and teach lessons that will enable students to have positive art
experiences, improve skills and develop new ones, and to value the cultural
contributions of the Arts. Always in the process of curriculum revision, this
year I am going to focus even more on the teaching methods part and ask my
cooperating teachers in the classrooms to help provide more training in
appropriate materials and project design, etc. But, like most of us, I suspect
that those student teachers who stick it out in the classroom will also use
their wits and creativity to survive and adapt. That's what makes Art teachers
so special - we are not afraid to take risks and make changes - and that's
another reason our presence is so needed in education.
Sandra Hildreth
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