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Re: elem teacher training

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Jasmine Preston (jdp30)
Thu, 23 Jul 1998 10:48:02 -0500


I think it is great that you will have an opportunity to this training. I
have been tempted to volunteer to something similar in my district. If I
only had three hours, I don't think I would spend much time teaching art
content to these teachers. Instead, I would suggest some good resources
for information on the elements, principals, art history, etc.

I would spend more time on helping them understand the creative process and
how easy it is for them to incorporate it into what they already do. I
would distinguish between an art project and an "artsy craftsy" project. I
believe that children develop manipulative skills and learn cultural
stereotypes when they color mimeographed pictures, make log cabins out of
pretzel sticks( Abe Lincoln), and Dalmatians out styrofoam cups (fire
safety), but these are not art. I would teach them that rather than such
projects they could provide the students with blank paper and some things
to draw with and have them draw a picture showing what they learned about
fire safety or whatever topic they have studied. I would emphasize this is
less work for the teachers and much more beneficial for the students.

I would talk to the teachers about:

how to respond to the students artwork

how to provide plenty of time for the work, that it is okay to return again
and again to the same piece until it is finished

how to teach the concept of craftsmanship

how provide a variety of materials and experiences so the students learn
early on that art is many different things

the different art materials--what would be appropriate, where to find
them, etc.

and so on...