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Re: Need your advice - Art History in the Classroom


From: Woody Duncan (wduncan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Jul 02 2001 - 05:34:10 PDT

        I applaud your effort to include art history into your gifted and
talented classroom. You seem to be approaching it in a serious
thoughtful manner. I can not imagine any objection that the art
specialist would have. Real concerns arise when the approach
is superficial or poorly done. If you were not choosing quality or
important artists to feature there might be a concern, which I'm
sure is not the case. In all means, do confer with the specialists and
with the other staff as well. Perhaps your efforts will become
contagious and art will become what it really should be; the theme
that unites the entire curriculum. Art does not belong locked in one room,
taught across the curriculum as long as that effort does not become
a substitute for the art program taught by a trained specialist.
                        Keep us informed, Good luck, Woody in KC

Kimberly Herbert wrote:
> I am going to include art as part of other subjects in my
> classroom. Many will be part of our Social Studies program (American
> History in 5th grade). Our second unit looks at the cultures of China
> and West Africa, so I'm planning lessons around both of those broad
> topics. Others will be related to other subjects. For example we will be
> studying landforms Science - So I will include info about Ansel Adams.
> Now my question is how should I do this without treading on the Art
> Specialist's territory? I don't know when I'll get to meet with her.
> Should I show her my list of themes in different subjects and the
> artists I've matched up with them and ask if this interferes with her
> plans? Or if anything matches up with her plans so we can coordinate?

> Your advice is much needed.

> Kimberly Herbert (
> 5th Grade Gifted and Talented Teacher
> Deaf Smith Elementary
> Lamar CISD

Right after your explanation about who Deaf Smith was,
there was a movie on television about him. I did not take
time to see it and don't know if it was accurate or not.

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