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Lesson Plans

Re: no elem. art experiences....

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Bunki Kramer (
Tue, 2 Mar 1999 17:10:04 -0800 (PST)

Hi, said in response...
>It's gratifying to know that>our efforts are not entirely in vain.

Didn't know till this afternoon when I sat down to use the big C that I had
started such a ruckus. As a former elem. art teacher in the state of
Florida way back (late 60's) when there was no cart...just carryin' things
in my arms from room to room. Finally graduated to a grocery cart (got a
big red bow on it...they thought they were being so gracious to give me
this!).I definitely know where you are coming from having been there myself
and know how hard you work.

My comments come from the point of view of having LITTLE IF ANY elementary
art in most of the California pub. school districts...that I'm aware of.
It's all dumped into our laps at the mid. school to bring everybody up to
speed. Sometimes I have to "untrain" kids not to just slap paint onto
paper and say, "I'm done" when there has been no thought or goal reaching
in doing so. So many 6th graders are still at the sun-in-the-corner
stage/etc. not having any real art teacher before me. Yes, the majority are
willing and eager to learn art knowledge. And, yes, they want confirmation
and need security for their decisions since they've never been taught how
to critique their own work.

I just wish WE had you guys working with the kids before we got 'em. It
would save so much beginning time. Toodles.......

Bunki Kramer - Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Rd., Danville, California 94526