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Re: Different Philosophy

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Fran Marze (
Sun, 8 Mar 1998 09:47:02 -0500 (EST)

I have to respond to this and I think Diane's take on the situation is
clear. I liked the reference to the text booky. I had taught English for
12 years and think we have to keep in perspective why most people like
making art or crafts or any kind of handicrafts. It's the hands-on stuff
that turns us on. We need to strike a balance with the art history and
somehow work with it but understand that most students (as well--as many
art teachers) want the hands on. It's like all the new names for what used
to be woodshop--it's like at our school, we're doing writing across the
curriculum even in phys ed. Can't we see that all subjects are important
without trying to make hands on type of subjects more "booky"? to boost
their importance. I believe that showing art, having students get more
into their minds so they can produce more and more meaningful art is
important. Also, they need to know why a piece of art works so the
criticism is important. I had a wonderful student teacher, though, who
almost killed the students with lectures about art history. So this must
be the newer philosophy. A balanced approach will work.

Anyone out there remember the "happy haptics" and crew? Fran

On Sat, 7 Mar 1998, Diane L. wrote:

> Dear Friend,
> We are all at different levels, life is diversified, You are DBAE which has
> merits when it doesn't get too left brained and text booky. The other
> teacher might be child centered rather that project, process centered. You
> could check that out with her. Child centered was a 70's movement as far as
> I am aware, it was psychological, don't push the child, let him/her find
> his her own level and grow accordingly. Project, process was a bit later.
> Both movements have merits, better than the cut and past assembly line art
> which unfortunately many schools do because classes are so large and
> material so scarce. I don't know what she does, but maybe you can learn
> from her too. (unless it a real dum dum art class) In any event, you're
> the new kid on the block and you have to fit within a system, a structure,
> a social context which means that your world is not just art, it's
> political too. Learn to live like you make sculpture, that is, in the
> round. Love to hear how things go. Just to let you know, I did my masters
> thesis on DBAE, I use it in conjunction with the child centered and process
> approach.Sincerely, Diane L.