> Whoa! That kind of shoots down the role of us
> elementary art teachers.
> Guess we might as well figure out another career
> path. Unless maybe
> there is something else to learning about and
> through art that is very
> important at the elementary level.
> I can understand the focus of secondary people
> on product. But I'd like
> to point out that I WORK MY FANNY OFF at the
> elementary level to lay
> some groundwork for the love and appreciation of
> art and its
> relationship to all our lives, and to nurture my
> students' developing
> abilities through process. I believe my students
> bring many of those
> understandings and skills to their subsequent
> art learning exoeriences.
> I would hope they are not summarily dismissed as
> inconsequential when
> they get there.
> Linda in Michigan
> Bunki Kramer wrote:
> > >Bunki - I taught in California, Sacramento
> actually, for a year. I
> > >taught 2/3 grade and was outraged at the lack
> of art in the district.
> > >It was nonexistant. I'm curious how you
> students art abilities are at
> > >the middle level if they have had no art
> experiences or little at the
> > >elementary level. Do you notice a
> > ******************
> > Hi, Gigi....Difference? I really don't see
> much difference on my end
> > because I'm so used to having kids come with a
> hodge-podge of art
> > knowledge. When a student comes in from out of
> state and has had lots of
> > art, I still can't tell much difference in
> their abilities...except maybe
> > in art history and the colorwheel. That's why
> I use my 6th grade as a
> > beginning point of learning. We specifically
> work on line, color theory,
> > composition, pattern, painting methods and
> weaving....and rules of the
> > artroom (I have them on a 7-week rotation).
> > ... I really didn't realize how much
> sophistication I was getting from
> > them (I use to teach high school) until I
> entered some of my students'
> > works in the state conference exhibit.....
> > ...if you ask me what the kids have missed out
> on or
> > have lacked in the elementary grades, I think
> they can learned quickly with
> > a high expectation level teacher and do
> exceptionally outstanding work.