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Lesson Plans

Re: Professional Equity

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Wed, 8 May 1996 10:32:46 -0400

You took the words right out of my mouth! Art can be the tie that binds all
curriculum areas together and it can be this way in the elementary classroom
as well as in the art specialist's. We train teachers in exactly this. The
participants at our professional development institutes are mostly elementary
classroom teachers but we also train many art specialists, artists in
residence, docents, parents, individuals, etc. We believe that it's the
collaboration among these individuals that's most successful. When one of
our classroom teachers demonstrated a typical lesson with her students to a
group of artists in residence, they were shocked. We pointed out that merely
teaching the technique of what they do as artists would not be as rich of an
experience as it could be - especially if the classroom teacher had already
introduced that technique. The classroom teachers teach all four components
of DBAE - including art-making/production. Many have criticized that this
negates the need for art specialists and artists in residence but it's quite
the opposite. The artists need to convey what is involved in making art
besides the technique. I know in many of my sculptures, math has been
essential. It's also valuable to know about influences (art history) and
decision-making processes. The art specialists still have more background in
the study of art and are regularly called upon as consultants to the
classroom teachers. I'll stop rambling now but all I'm trying to say is that
I KNOW this works. I've seen it.

Kathryn Cascio
Assistant Director
The Southeast Institute for Education in the Visual Arts