It sounds like you and I are on the same wave length on a lot of things.
And no, it doesn't sound "funny" or "weird" that "art made you think". It
sounds great, actually. I guess that is my focus right now for myself and
my students. Art that makes you think. I hope those references work out
University of Illinois
Fri, 01 Mar 1996 Danielle wrote:
Thank you for responding to my questions on technology and the changing
face of art educaton, it was appreciated. I would like to take the time to
respond to your first email letter concerning multiculturalism and the
social deconstuctionism of art education.
I can relate to your change in thinking about how to approach art education
because, recently I also had personal revolution in my views on art
education. Relating back to your initial idea that social and culture
issues were not the responcibility of an art educator to teach. I am so
glad you changed your mind about what art educating can do and be about. I
think art education can be a vehical for exploration and forming critical
thinking skills in students. This comes from my own art history in which I
was taught and expected to produce work that had critical social or
cultural content. I graduated from the High School for Performing and
Visual Arts in Houston,Tx., which is a Magnet school. I can not begin to
tell you how much this school changed my view of the world and influenced
my personal art making. This may sound funny or weird but,"art" made me
think. And I think it is possible for art education to address our
personal, social, and cultural issues in a manner that stimulates
creativity and research. This should be done in a thoughtful way that is
open and avoids judgement based on biases.
Through my current studies of multiculturalism and art education, I have
learned that I have so much to learn. I was educated in the traditional
Western Civilization manner in which I was exposed to the "masters of art".
It was diverse but, not enough to include ethnic diversity in any
substantial depth. I have come to the conclusion that it is immperitive
that I educate myself on other cultures art work so, I can be a
knowledgable guide to my future students. I have included a short list of
resource materials that you may find valuable on your educational journey.
Art, Culture and Environment, A Catalyst for Teaching,--McFee and Degge and
Art, Culture and Ethnicity,-- The National Art Education Association plus,
Women, Art and Education,--Georgia Collins and Renee Sandell
Thanks for the resource list you sent earlier concerning technology. I am
off to the library in search for treasures disguised as books.
Questioning produces change, so keep trying to figure out your puzzles.
Always Questioning Technology--