I was reading a book this morning that I just found in a used book store:
_Learning_By_Heart_ by Corita Kent and Jan Steward (Bantam Books, 1992).
It doesn't directly deal with your question about the why of teaching art,
Shelley, but there are a lot of possible answers in there. I hope you can
find a copy somewhere--I wish I had read this a long time ago. It makes me
think and ask more questions...
Among the things I've already marked in this book (Don't you love one you
can talk back to!) is a quotation from a conversation with dancer T.
Balasarawati "...that's what an artist does--hears all the music. Hears
(trains), birds, bells, whistles, children--all the music." I think that
includes being able to listen to each other--and then listen again, if we
didn't catch it all the first time.
There's no such thing as a dumb question--if you want to know; There's no
such thing as a dumb answer, if it was an honest one at that moment--and you
are willing to learn more. Please keep on asking your questions--they and
the answers, too, (including yours, Teresa) are good for all of us!
Lily Kerns (still asking questions after 50 years of teaching something or
Lily M. Kerns
Educational consultant for KIS, Coppell, TX