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From: carolyn roberts (croberts18_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Mar 15 2003 - 12:43:46 PST

getting pinkedAre any of you familiar with the book, "Composition: A Series of Exercises in Art Structure for the Use of Students and Teachers" by Arthur Wesley Dow?

If so, what is your opinion of the book? Would you recommend it?

Carolyn Roberts (New work posted) (Computer Art Lessons)

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Patricia Knott
  To: ArtsEdNet Talk
  Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2003 3:07 PM
  Subject: getting pinked

  I started writing a long note last night about Kathy's pink slip notice.... and then fell asleep before sending it off.

  I'm extremely concerned about the cuts. It shows a definite lack of foresightedness and need. The current quest for test scores to meet the demands of federal initiatives is forgetting that the No Child is also a whole child.
  If the teachers of the arts are constantly being eliminated, we will never get beyond advocacy for our programs. I am currently doing a research project on assessment in the arts. I am finding tons of stuff on what we profess to do and why art is important, but little evidence to show that what we say we do actually happens.

  The article that Bunki outlined about medical students increasing observational skills through looking at art is what I'm talking about. This article says to me what I think we are not addressing in art ed.
  I think after all the years of DBAE and Standards we still concentrate too much on skills and technique and not the content, contexts, and relevancy of an informed observation.

  I don't know.
  I'm not sure we can ever make art so "legitimate" that is survives budget cuts. I'm not sure we can ever make it so valued. The history of advocacy is getting old. I read the same things over and over again. Just how do we show the evidence ?
  I would like to advocate that we stop trying to prove ourselves and actually prove ourselves. We need some serious study and data that shows we are achieving the Standards.

  I think we have to look at the many ways that observational skills can be achieved and what those skills lead to as far as a connection to other ares. I think we have to look at the many ways to "experience " art and not just the skills/technique ways that dominate our plans. Are we willing to give up visual literacy to other disciplines?

  I can't say how much I feel for long term teachers that are facing cuts. It is heartbreaking ..... and .... none of us should feel "safe' in our positions. The money is going to the test results that produce more money and there ain't none of that in art.

  I'm so sorry Kathy, that you have to face this. I've experienced the feeling and it's more than depressing. No matter the reasons, you always feel personally inadequate. But Bunki's comments confirm that you are a great one and hopefully your opportunities will come.

  One last word.
  We are a community, we art teachers. We know what we do is good and worthwhile. It's very difficult to maintain a positive attitude when we always live under the shadow that we will be the first to go.... We work so hard with displays and shows and competitions and portfolios.... we make them "feel good" and we make their parents and community feel good... we knock ourselves out always trying to come up with new approaches to the "lesson" ... we accommodate more than any other discipline I know..... and yet we are the frill that is easily cut

  something is not working So how do we fix it?

  perplexed and avoiding the "have-tos" ---