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Lesson Plans

"quality art"

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Sandra L. Eckert (seart)
Sat, 20 Jul 1996 14:31:17 -0400

Dear Dorothy,
Thank you for your response to Mr. McSwain's letter. You have articulated
the dilemma that many of us, as art teachers and "students (of contemporary
art)" face in the delivery of our programs. The problem of choosing quality
content for our curriculum often walks that razor edge of opinion; We, as
educated people interested in the history and future of art, forget that our
students are still struggling with mastery of skills and history, and
although I believe our intent to be good, sometimes contemporary subject
matter is uncomprehensible to students with a limited realm of experience.
I have been guilty of this. I'm learning to find out WHERE THEY ARE, and
teach to(and from) that level. It's a hard choice to make, when we have to
decide upon what to give them, where to lead them...there's so much variety
in their experience, so much to see, so much rich information to pass along.
This dilemma only reinforces my conviction that the students NEED a
certified art teacher to work with them. Who else would have the time, or
the inclination to consider these issues, or to pursue current information
and develop studio skills to teach them. Our field is so broad, so LARGE;
I can't imagine doing anything else...