Thank you for reminding us that history has not yet ended. There continues
to be the philosophy in art (as well as in art education) of "out with the
old, in with the new" as one movement replaces the next. Even here in
postmodernism, which is really all the old new again, we hear that the old
is out! I keep waiting for someone to say that art doesn't HAVE to be
political (the '90's credo) emotional (the '50's) spiritual (middle ages),
but that it MAY be, if the artist chooses. We just have to teach kids that
ALL those choices, and more, exist.
Formalism is not the villian that some depict (did anyone read the renegade
causus diatribe in the last NAEA news?) Formal understanding of art is an
important component of art education, but it is also just a part.