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RE:TEACHING ART?

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Robert Beeching (robprod)
Tue, 06 Jan 1998 16:48:59 -0800


RE: TEACHING ART:

Deborah wrote:
"...Is your feeling that this isn't happening, even at the Middle and
High School level in this country?"
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Let me put it this way: When teaching reading, writing, and computing
skills, do we delve into the their histories before teaching basic skill
formations? How can anyone analyze the works of others without, first,
experiencing the process?

In the U.S., anyone can declare an art major without prerequisites in
most colleges and universities simply because there are none. When a
student enters high school is he or she prepared in art at the same
level as he or she is in reading, writing, and computing skills?

As I have stated before, there is a great difference between "art
education" courses, and those taught in academies and in university art
departments. There is little consistency in "art methods" courses as
amplified several times on this page. Art training in the U.S. is
dependent largely upon the background and knowledge of the professors
teaching the subject. Art is whatever the teacher defines it to be.
There are no acceptable standards or procedures which follow a
consistent pattern for art training in the U.S.. Many teachers still
confuse "art training" with "crafts training." That is the pitty of it
all.
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MZ