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Art Teacher Training

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Tommye M. Scanlin (
Tue, 6 Jan 1998 12:13:00 EDT

I've read the various comments over the past several
artsednet-digests about the quality (or lack of it) of art teacher
training in the U.S. I would like to respond by saying that there
seems to be quite a bit of anger and frustration being expressed by
several of you. And, I understand how you would feel so from what
you've described as your experiences. However, I feel a bit flamed by it all since
I am in a situation of being an "art teacher trainer."
I will make my comments from my perspective as a college teacher. But, I have
also served as a teacher in public schools and have, over the past
almost three decades, taught people of all ages from preschool to Elderhostel
age. While my current experiences are with college level courses, I
feel that I am qualified to teach people to teach.
I take my job very seriously. I believe the teaching of art is one of
the most challenging tasks one might choose. I believe that teaching
of art fundamentals is critical. I believe that DBAE has offered a
theory of structure which is beneficial to art instruction at all
levels. I believe that I had exceptional teacher training when I was
in the university for my Bachelors and Masters degrees in art
education. I believe that the students I've taught in art
education classes over the past twenty + years have been trained as
best as I could train them. I have never shown anyone (nor never
intend to) six different ways to use a Clorox bottle in an art
education class. I have shared how to mix color. I have shared how
to talk about art work. I have shared concepts to stimulate thinking
of what is art and what is not. I have placed students in
elementary, middle and high school art classes for both observations
and for teaching experiences. I have observed student teachers in
art and, I believe, made helpful and useful comments about the
performance I have seen. Most of all, I hope I have shared a passion
for teaching and for teaching art in particular that I very strongly

I also believe I am not alone in being dedicated to art teacher
training. While I would hope some other college and university professors
might speak up about this issue, I am not calling for a verbal war.
But, I do believe that several very strong and possibly exaggerated statements
have been made about the status of all art teacher training in the colleges and
universites of the United States that need some reply.

Best regards,
Tommye Scanlin
Professor of Art
North Georgia College & State University
Dahlonega, GA

Tommye M. Scanlin

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