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Re grading the Importance of Art History

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Thu, 21 Jan 1999 19:46:25 EST

After teaching art for 28 years, I don't believe there is any one definitive
answer to your questions. Certainly, art history should be taught at both the
bachelor's and master's degree level. But as far as art history is concerned
for grades K-12, art history is the legacy and right of every child in the
world. To worry whether they are influenced by "masterpieces" ( some of us in
art classrooms determine the "masterpieces ") or feel inadequate in making
their own art by comparing it with the "masters" ....not so!!! The role of
the artist-teacher is to instruct the students using a good instructional
process that will provide room for growth in thought, skill and expressive
capabilities. Often, it may appear that students are influenced by the art
works used in an art lesson but rarely does it materialize in that format. In
fact, it usually becomes a "jumping board" for much stronger and solid ideas
than initially realized. I include a tremendous amount of art history in my
middle school art classes but I also do not always use the "mainstream"
masterpieces. anna

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