Isn't the "teaching of art" just another way of teaching the "expertise of
communication?" The artists that are the most respected throughout history,
and today, are those who are not only eloquent in their making of their
craft, but also eloquent in writing and speaking about their intent, their
will, their thoughts, their process and the successes/failures. I teach my
students through the making of art, the writing and reporting out about
art/artists, in front of the classroom, that being an artist is a
multi-layered discipline, and that cross-curricular activities, enhances
their thought process and will make them not only a better artist, being
able to understand themselves, but also a better student, with the ability
to clearly state to others their purposes, their thoughts, in an intelligent
Byron School District
From: Iteachart7@aol.com [mailto:Iteachart7@aol.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 12, 2002 11:11 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: Keep the report an a famous artist out of the classroom?
In a message dated 3/11/02 10:46:27 PM Eastern Standard Time,
What is this? "develop their presentation skills..master presenters"..
is your area of expertise- communications? or is it the teaching of art?
should we as art teachers leave this to the classroom teacher?
Yikes, I hope not. We, as teachers, should keep accountability across the
curriculum. I am constantly correcting papers, homework, essays. Their
grammar is atrocious. So many of them write the same way they speak. I
correct improper speech too. We have group crits, they have to speak. Just
because we teach art and not English doesn't mean we should let it slide and
leave it to the "other" professionals. I am an artist and a teacher. Prior
to getting back into teaching, I had my own business. I hired many HS
students. However, they had to speak and write correctly. It's a tough job
too. When I correct a student I get 'why you always fixing my words?"
Don't jump yet...I do this in private-always. I will not embarrass a
Students, no matter what grade will slack off if they are only accountable
to one teacher. Every teacher in our school is accountable for the language
I'll get off my soapbox now.