"Not many of our elementary age students will end up in a career in
the field of art, so to focus primarily - at that age level - on art
training would be to miss..."
What are we saying here? Shall we dispense with teaching children to
read, write, and compute, because they may never become authors, or
mathematicians? Of course not!
Beginning with kiNdergarten, children are "eye-hand" coordination
trained every day. Without training children from an early age when they
are supPle and flexible, we are relegating them to a life of
"non-verbal" ridgitity found in most adults - "A FEAR OF DRAWING." This
does not have to be the case. How much better to teach a kindergartner
that a brush is not a "scrub mop" than it is to allow this
inappropriate activity to fester through the grades.
All children have the capacity to learn to draw, paint, and to
construct, as they have the capacity to learn to read, write, and to
compute. The basic reason they are allowed to stay at a low level of
proficency in art at the elementary level is simply because they are
not taught in the same sequence order of content as they are in other
disciplines. There is little continuity in art at the elementary levels
of instruction. If we taught other subjects in the same hit-and-miss
vein, we would be in deep trouble!
BEAUTY IS AS BEAUTY DOES! LOOKING AT THE WORKS OF OTHERS WITHOUT FIRST
LEARNING HOW BEAUTY IS CREATED, IS AN ANOMALY!