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Re: [teacherartexchange] important concepts to teach kids


From: croberts (croberts18_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Jul 19 2005 - 10:45:05 PDT

I definitely think the concepts you have suggested are a much better way of
approaching art with students...and an approach that I switched to a couple
of years ago when I started teaching IB (International Baccalaureate) art.
It certainly makes the students think in a different direction.

Carolyn Roberts

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The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
- Albert Einstein

> Great question.
> I am moving away from concepts such as line, shape, color, balance,
> emphasis,
> repetition.
> I am beginning to move to larger concepts such as: Who am I? What is my
> story?
> What makes me special? What questions do I have about life? What art
> work do I
> like and why? Why make art, at all? Why do good things happen to bad
> people?
> Why are some people poor? Why are some people rich?
> Of course students will use line, shape, color, balance, emphasis etc in
> their
> works, but I guess I am more interested in helping students find personal
> meaning and to help them understand their place in the world. I am
> interested
> in the big questions. We have been having discussions about big
> questions.
> I think I would need to figure out what would be age appropriate big
> questions
> for grade level.
> What do others think?
> --
> Dr. Diane C. Gregory
> Director, Undergraduate & Graduate
> Studies in Art Education
> Texas Woman's University
> Denton, TX 76204
> 940-898-2540
> Quoting Jennifer Sabo <>:
>> Hi all,
>> I am in charge of creating all art programming for a children's museum
>> and am
>> working on reviewing and reevaluating our programs. Currently our
>> programs
>> consist of more "messy play" that allows children to experiment with
>> materials but doesn't go into art concepts or artists.
>> I would like to include art concepts and artists into our programs. The
>> current discussion on the top ten images has helped me in selecting
>> artists
>> to introduce but now I'd like to know your top ten concepts (line, color,
>> etc) you feel children should be exposed to. The children we serve are
>> generally 4-10. Please keep in mind that these programs are open and
>> children are free to come and go as they like.
>> Thank you for all your ideas.
>> Jennifer
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