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Blind Eugenie/making messes
[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Sandra Hildreth
Wed, 1 May 1996 23:45:59 -0400
You ask what happens between the ages of 4,5,6,7, and 12,13? Adolescence!
Fear of being different. Fear of making a mistake. Fear that your peers
won't like you, or think you're weird. Some of this is natural - part of
the growing up process, and some is of course influenced by parents, peers,
TV, etc., and teachers. Schools do tend to stifle the creativity you wanted
to encourage in your lesson (don't make messes, don't make strange things,
and so on). That's why it's all the more essential to have good strong art
programs to be an oasis in the desert of conformity that seems to rule many
of our educational systems. So many of the academic subjects have so much
to try to teach, that they have no time for experimentation and creativity.
This is definitely a setback, in my mind, but again, this is how the arts
can have a significant role in schools.
Sandra Hildreth <shildret>
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617
Maybe reply: henry: "Re: Blind Eugenie/making messes"