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ART TRAINING CONTINUED... -Reply

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Nancy Walkup (Walkup.EDU)
Thu, 08 Jan 1998 08:45:54 -0600


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Robert:

I must respectfully disagree with your statement that "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!"

I think such broad generalizations and negative attitudes towards
elementary art education are damaging. I know firsthand of many
elementary art teachers out in the field who are devoting their
efforts to providing comprehensive, meaningful, and sequential art
education. Your attitude is also a slight to the teachers subscribed
to ArtsEdNet - I find that, for the most part, the people on ArtsEdNet
are the ones who have a strong dedication to the profession and their
students and are working for positive changes.

I know there are many problems out in the field, but I would rather
focus my energy on working to improve the situation that complaining
about it.

Respectfully,

Nancy

Nancy Walkup
Project Coordinator
North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
PO Box 305100 University of North Texas
Denton, TX 76203
walkup
940.565.3986
FAX 940-565-4867

>>> Robert Beeching <robprod> 01/07/98 04:54pm >>>
Deborah wrote 01/05/98

"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" rigidity 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
proficiency 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!
-------------------------------rb

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Deborah wrote 01/05/98

"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! -------------------------------rb

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