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Re: Philosophy of art education (from trees?)

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Nnaell_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Tue Mar 13 2001 - 09:16:38 PST


To play devil's advocate (please don't send nasty letters!) Having taught in MS and ele...as many of you...I believe students need to be learning techniques at a developmentally appropriate way beginning in K. Why do I believe this? Because what I saw when I began teaching...where a bunch of 3-7 graders who would not pick up a pencil. When I asked them to draw or have an origianl thought...you would have thought I asked them to give up a limb! I had first graders in tears over drawing...ANYTHING!!! Now...after having had some of these students over time...they look at drawing like tying their shoes. By the time my K's get to 7th grade....drawing will not be something they fear...but a tool they use. The same with any art media...the more comfort they develop at an early age...the more creative they will be with it when they get older. It takes the exploration of body, mind, spirit combined with media...to create art. Teach it that way at every level...do not think so!
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me things can wait until later!

Of course...you all do what you wish! Have a fantastic day!

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