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Re: ART TRAINING CONTINUED... -Reply

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Deborah Gilbert (dngart)
Thu, 8 Jan 1998 19:25:35 -0700 (MST)


>> >>> 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!

I have had a couple of days of riding back and forth between my schools, to
think about this discussion and one thing I realized is that it would be
easier to talk if we were all in the same room - then thoughts and
misunderstandings could be rectified more quickly.

Of course I am not saying that we should dispense with teaching children
art skills in a sequential curriculum. And I am not saying that children
should be shown other artist's works without first learning about the
elements and principles of art. But children need to taught art
appreciation *as well* as art techniques and at the elementary level, time
and opportunity is more of a problem that teacher training. I see each
child once a week - can you see the logistics of trying to touch all
disciplines?

Children need to be taught about the elements and principles of art. They
need to learn *how* to make art - technique- as well as how to appreciate
art . With the little time I have, I can't focus all of my teaching on art
skills when there are so many other areas I want to expose the children to
-- art galleries, art museums, jobs in the field of art, art of different
countries etc.etc.etc.

Deborah