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Re: Math-Science-Art Integration - need help - elementary


From: James Andrews (andrewsj_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed May 14 2003 - 13:41:25 PDT

    I believe that interdisciplinary lessons can be a good thing. However,
more often than not art is seen merely as a tool for teaching the "more
important" or "core" subject matter. I think that art teachers need to be
very wary of administrators directing them to come up with more and more
integrated lessons. Visual art is its own discipline and needs to be treated
as such. In the course of working with my district on plans for a second
high school I discovered that they were originally planning to not even have
a dedicated art room---The response from some of the powers that be was that
they were hoping to "just integrate art into the curriculum more." After a
long period of time spent informing these morons how ignorant their ideas
were we now will have at least two dedicate art spaces (one for drawing &
painting and the other for sculpture & pottery) and another two spaces that
will be shared with other disciplines that we will use to teach digital art.
It is a constant battle folks. Never assume that everyone you deal with has
the best intentions and truly supports the arts. We are expensive to
maintain and so always a target for downsizing.

James C. Andrews
Art Teacher
Kingston Junior High School
9000 NE West Kingston Road
Kingston, WA 98346
desk# (360) 297-9276

Loyalty isn't standing by someone when he's right... that's good
judgment. Loyalty is standing by someone when he's wrong. -
Susan Estrich

----- Original Message -----
From: "Judy Decker" <>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <>
Sent: Wednesday, May 14, 2003 9:16 AM
Subject: Math-Science-Art Integration - need help - elementary

> Dear Elementary Art Educators,
> We have a need for math - science and art integration lessons for the
> elementary level. This is one of my passions, too. While it is on my mind,
> thought I would get the word out to see if any of you would like to "put
> your heads together" over the summer to come up with an "ideas" page for
> Incredible Art Department. If any of you have lesson plans with images
> already to go -- that would be WONDERFUL!.... No need to send anything
> Just let me know if you are interested and I will set up a "team" of
> "experts" on that topic. There is going to be a whole lot of sharing going
> on --- just get back to me the compiled results. ALSO --- Please help
> compile a list of books/resources that would be helpful. I know MaryAnn
> has several - MaryAnn, are you "listening"? Pam, you have done work in
> are, too? -Where can they locate your book? Jump in if you have the time.
> As needs arise - I will post to the lists - It is easier for to do it
> it is on my mind. I would hate to miss an important topic. If anyone on
> other lists would care to see what I found already on ArtsEdNet
> - hit reply and I will forward it your
> Judy Decker - Ohio
> Incredible Art Department
> ---