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Re: Problem Solving

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henry taylor (taylorh)
Thu, 22 Jul 1999 13:19:47 -0700

Let me pull out the beginning of one sentence:

"The majority of students will not become artists but . . ."

It's true of course.. But, beyond that the sentence says somthing about our
assumptions about what an "artist" is. Probably one of the biggest barriers
to funding for the arts could be found in this observation which is usually
understood to say that 'the majority of students won't gain anything much,
from this study of art, that pertains to what they WILL become.'

I only wish that we could; all of us: parents, students, teachers,
administrators; see and experience ourselves as artists along with all the
other things we see ourselves as: husbands wives parents churchgoers
shoppers whatever.... Art is one of those things we use to define ourselves
as "human" and, with rare exception, it seems to be an accurate assessment.

The role of artist, professional artist, has taken on an obstructive
quality. Its all most peop[le see. So, how do we get our kids TO see
themselves as artists, maybe not "Professionals" but as artists --REAL
artists-- never-the-less? And their parents too.

What is it about or within the role of artist then that defines us as human?
What do we (or did we once) do that was possibly art? When we go to museums
what evidence do we see from everyday the life of past or distant peoples
and cultures that could possibly be perceived as art? How do we shine a
light on it in today's world? How do we empower the act of art for the
'common' person? How do we see beyond the professional and classical ghetto?


>The uniqueness of art is great but fitting it into a larger perspective
>is important. How can one argue for more supplies, better facilities,
>more storage, display space and time to collaborate wiht other teachers
>if there is nothing to link Art to the larger experience. The majority
>of students will not become artists but lessons learned in our
>classrooms can be remembered.
>Art is a different way of looking at something and a different
>perspective on life. We are fortunate to have explored our artistic
>possibilites to the fullest. Art remains a mystery to many who view it.
>I had a professor in college state that art is 5% idea and 95% hard
>work. I want people to know that the hard work part is just like any
>other job or more intense.
>Art is many things to many people. As an educator in a system that
>values one correct answer to a problem assigned -- art does not fit in.
>I am trying to go beyond the project mentality. What art project did
>you do??? It is so much more than that.