When this post was received, I thought perhaps some of you would like to
provide answers. It isn't every day we get offered additional
funding--even just to speculate about! I told the author you were a
creative, thoughtful group. You may reply directly to her or to the list
and I will send her a summary of your responses. I might add, that if you
need enthusiastic support for your art program, there are some quilters out
there who are whole-heartedly behind our efforts!
> From: Julia F N Altshuler <d000634c>
> Date: Mon, 10 Mar 1997 22:15:02 -0500 (EST)
> Subject: art ed-specifics
> The subject of giving art education to elementary age children has gone
> off into the interesting direction of funding for art ed art
> interdisciplanary importance of art ed, but now I want some help with the
> specifics. How exactly do we teach art basics to children other than
> exposing them to artwork and encouraging creativity in general?
> Imagine this: Someone you know in your community has won the lottery
> and has decided to spend the money funding art ed in the schools. This
> includes public, private, religious and home schools. This person has
> asked you to serve as consultant and make basic recommendations as far
> What fabrics, paints, canvasses, crayons, pencils, materials, supplies
> would you buy?
> On what criteria would you hire the teachers? What education, screening,
> experience would you expect the art ed teachers to have?
> What would the curriculum look like for the early grades? The middle
> grades? The older kids?
> How would the children be separated by grade level, ability level,
> Would there be tests, and if so, what would they look like?
> Imagine that the money is abundant but not unlimited. In other words,
> every dollar should still count.
> I keep coming back to this because, while my own art ed wasn't terrible,
> I still never learned to draw realistically, and I would have liked to.
> I'm not even certain that that was a possibility.
> - --Lia, merrily learning to machine quilt better in snowy, slushy