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Re: importance of elem. art teachers

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Sat, 6 Mar 1999 20:38:13 EST

Thanks for pointing out why middle school students put a corner sun in their
drawings. I'm student teaching this semester at an arts magnet middle school,
teaching mostly sixth graders. I couldn't figure out why they were doing the
lollipop trees and corner suns. I finally wrote a big sign on the board: "No
Corner Suns and No Lollipop Trees." They thought that was pretty funny. I
told them to look at trees and the sun. I told them I'd never seen a pie-
shaped sun. (One clever kid painted a sun setting between the mountains to
prove that it was possible, and I conceded that it was occasionally
possible.) We looked at all kinds of paintings of the sun. I hadn't figured
out that the lack of elementary art was the problem. It's not considered
necessary in this school district! Thanks for pointing out how important art
teachers are! Genie Holt, Tucson