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Lesson Plans


Curricula

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Glen Williams (gw1944)
Sat, 3 May 1997 09:17:57 -0500


Dear Fellow Art Teachers,
I appreciated Dr. Erickson's summary of the curriculum seminar.
Certainly it would be tempting to discuss and probe the nature of
assessment and standards in respect to inquiry learning and the art
curriculum. After having said that ,I find myself in the position of
having been invited to a lovely dinner by Dr. Erickson and Getty , and now
wanting seconds , in fact wanting a lot more meals and conversations thank
you.
Despite whatever agenda that Getty may have, I would love to see a
forum for the discussion of the following curriculum areas:
1. The desirability of an art curriculum actively acknowledging and
pursuing the concepts and themes common to art and other disciplines and
integrating them into the art curriculum.
2. As the very nature of learning is so visual to the majority of people
is it not appropriate to use the art curriculum to explore the nature of
transfer through the visual world under the aegis of the art
curriculum?There is now a visual (Spatial) intelligence which is posited-
what better group to explore it than us?
3. Is the creation of thousands of individual art curricula for schools
missing the point if we are to prosper and grow in public education? This
is not a plea for national standards but a reminder that the commonality in
English, Math and Science curricula across the country has gone far to
establish the dominance of these disciplines in public education.
4. How does the installation of the inquiry method in an art
curriculum change the nature of learning, the process of making things,
and how does this way of working with ideas translate to other areas?
Actually my list of wonderments has about 20 things on it and I also
wonder if any other art teachers are looking for ways to explore the
broader and more philosophical aspects of our parent discipline.
Again my thanks to Getty and Dr. Erickson for the meal and the
conversation which we have already had and just in case..... I am free for
dinnner again.
Glen Williams Vt.