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I recently had an interesting conversation with two other art educators
about how art teachers go about determining "what to teach" in their
classrooms. We all agreed that there's so much to teach today about
art/through art, that's its really difficult to decide on "what's really
worth teaching?" Just looking at the variety of topics that have arisen
on this list over the past few years demonstrates this point.
So, I thought I'd pose a few questions here to see what kinds of responses
they might stir up:
1. How do you determine what to teach in your classroom?
2. If you could teach only 3 things (ideas/concepts) to kids in a year,
what would those be?
3. What are the "essential" ideas worth teaching/knowing in art?
While you may respond to any of these questions, I'm particularly
interested in your ideas on the third item. If you look up the word
"essential" in the dictionary, you'll find definitions like: "necessary to
the existence of a thing," "most important," and "constituting the essence
of something." The other way of thinking about this is "What are the BIG
ideas in art?" These "big" ideas are not specific to a particular artist
or work....they enable us to understand something about "Art" in general.
Art comes in many forms and is made for many purposes.
Art makes us look at our world in new and different ways.
Artists today are constantly reinventing art.
I have more of these, but I'm curious as to what others think are the "BIG
ideas" in Art.
Praying for lots of rain in Florida,
CRAIG ROLAND. Associate Professor-Art Education.
Department of Art, FAC 302, University of Florida, Gainesville Florida.
32611-5801. (352) 392-9165 - Art Ed Office (352) 392-8453 - Fax
new email address: rolandc