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Re: WHY JOHNNY CAN' DRAW...

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wduncan (wduncan)
Sat, 17 Jul 1999 18:14:33 -0500


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> "Hand a brush to a Japanese or Chinese child and their brain shifts into
> the same modality as is used for writing and language. A very different
> experience for the non-asian child who is all prepared only to "make marks"
>
> I teach in a very multicultural setting (6-8) and we have students from
> various asian cultures; Hmong, Lao. Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Cambodian,
> Etc. They do as a general rule perform extreamly well in the visual arts. It
> is to a great extent a function of which side of the brain is in gear. To
> digress, this is in large part due to the fact that the language of infancy,
> childhood and the home is a "tonal" language (with rising and falling tones).
> As with music the language development in "tonal" cultures resides in the
> right side of the brain. Because they develop language in the same hemisphere
> that is used for drawing and spacial thinking, that side of the brain becomes
> dominate or at least more accessable. They may have never touched a
> calligraphy brush but they think with the visual mode in gear. But I believe
> it is so much more complex that just using the right brain. So many factors
> are in play. If they are short on language (English) skills then they must
> pay careful attention to demonstrations. Of course they come from cultures
> that teach by example and by demonstration. They also are in a sink or swim
> situation in our schools, we give them some help but mostly we just let them
> tread water. The Arts are a safe secure place to adjust until they are ready
> to branch out. These students, like most new imigrants are under a lot of
> pressure (from home) to succeed. They extend a lot of effort in everything
> they do. The art class sets few limits (as opposed to subjects that just
> cover the curriculum) but in art they can excell. Most end up going into what
> their families see as honorable professions, like Doctor, Lawyer, Etc. A
> graduate (Vietnamese-american) of the Kansas City Art Institute came to show
> is paintings to my students and demonstrate watercolors. He explained to me
> that it was a real blow to his father that he decided to become an artist. I
> do digress a lot, but it seems to me that several of us on this ArtsEdNet Talk
> thing (myself included) jump at conclusions from some simple statement posted
> by another.

Thanks for your patience, Woody

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