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Re: [teacherartexchange] WSJ Article


From: Natalie Sakurai (gnatsak_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Jul 05 2010 - 22:25:39 PDT

Great ideas. I wish these comments were posted in the "comments"
section of the original article. Most comments posted there agree
with the tone of the article, and show no real understanding of what
art education is about or is capable of. WIsh those readers could see
these insightful responses....
Natalie (in California)
On Jul 4, 2010, at 1:58 PM, Barbara Marder wrote:

> What a terrific way to start the year.
> I like it.
> Barbara from Boston
> On Jul 4, 2010, at 4:08 PM, wrote:
>> For me I think the problem is any narrow view, that art or art
>> education is about anyone thing or direction. The author seems to
>> think this is the one and only agenda for art educators and NAEA.
>> As we try to help students navigate and understand the world around
>> them, we can show them that art gives them a voice in a number of
>> arenas....personal or well as aid in making meaning of
>> it all.
>> I start the year with labels posted around the room:
>> (these can vary and I intentionally leave out "express myself" as
>> that seems to be the general, vague "go to" answer and I want to
>> open up other thinking)
>> convey a message
>> elicit an emotion
>> record an event
>> tell a story
>> illustrate every day life
>> communicate a belief
>> Students move to the area of the room with that label in response
>> to questions such as:
>> Of the art you are familiar with, they are mostly about.......?
>> I am most likely to make art to.... or that is about......?
>> I would never make art to.... or that is about......?
>> After each question, students discuss in the small groups and then
>> report out to the class for discussion. Then another question is
>> posed. These discussions are lively and eye-opening.
>> In a predominately student centered curriculum our guiding question
>> is "Why do artists make art?" (and then how do they). I want to be
>> the guide that encourages them to make art about what they want,
>> learn to discern the best media for that and help with building the
>> skills necessary.
>> I can't do that if I limit it to only visual literacy, or social
>> justice or choice based or DBAE or elements and principles or
>> integrated or only .............
>> if I just had the time with them to include it all.......
>> Just my thoughts, with apologies for the length~
>> creatively,
>> Linda Kieling
>> (middle school in Oregon)
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