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Philosophy of Art Education

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Kenneth L. Poos (klpoos)
Wed, 02 Jul 1997 19:57:18 -0500

I read Wendy Sauls article on "Why Have a Personal Philosophy of Art
Education?" I agree on what she said. Last year all six Art Teachers had
to get together and write OUR Philosophy Of Art Education for our
curriculumn guide. This was the hardest thing for us. We all had our own
ideas on what we wanted the students to learn and our goals. There were
two men and four women trying to define ONE philosophy for all of us,
which we could all agree on. We started 8:00 in the morning and finally
got finished at 3:15. Here is what we came up with for SEVEN hours of
We believe in the necessity of the creative process and its realistic
application in the lives of our students: that the fine arts curriculum
will help our studetns recognize and understand the aesthetic elements
and values of the visual arts, while allowing them to see the
connections between the visual arts and other educational areas. Our
curriculum will further increase the student's awareness of the
environment and encourage creative and productive interpretations
throughout life.
It took a long time to agree on this statement and we all had to sign
it. Its not easy stating your philosophy in words. All four women,
including myself, worked very hard but the men sat back and said almost
nothing until we were almost finished and did not like some words, so we
went back, ALL,art teachers until we agreed.
I have had only one Philosophy class and the other art teachers never
had a Philosophy class. My class in college was very borning and the
teacher was the same. Maybe if the teacher had approached it differently
it could have been more interesting and I would have learned alot more.
Each year our principal asks us to write down our persoanl goals for
the year, what are the goals of your art program for the year and how
will your students be assessed. This is very hard at times to put down
in words. I usually put it off until the last minute when she put notes
of reminder in my mailbox.
Sandra Poos