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I agree that having a real live artist come into a school for a
presentation is an awesome experience for kids.
However, in the art days arrangments here, the kids are bombarded with a
multitude of art experiences in one day. They travel from one 45 minute
class to another and "make something" in each class. It seems very product
oriented to me and there's no real quality time spent with the artist or
the art making experience. The kids have a lot of little projects to show
but I'm not sure they "learned" anything about art, artists or the creative
process. I know they have "fun" but the art day seems to perpetrate the
idea that art is just "enrichment", "extra," and not worth the same time
and study as other subjects.
Always take time to stop and smell the roses... and sooner or later,
you'll inhale a bee.