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Arts Educators and Artists - questionnaire

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Daniel and Catherine Kaplan (kaplan3)
Wed, 07 May 1997 07:19:03 -0400

Hello - My name is Cathy Kaplan, and I am a second semester graduate
student in the Masters in Education program at Goddard College in
Plainfield, VT. I received a B.A. in Art History from Wellesley
College, and have a strong background in watercolors and pen and ink
illustration. These interests, in conjunction with a desire to ensure
that the arts will remain or re-gain their positions of importance in
the education of children and young adults, have led me to ask the
following questions: Is there a difference between art educators and
artists who teach in their approach to educating children and young
adults in the arts? Could art class be called "artist" class depending
on the person leading the instruction? And at the very heart of the
matter, the question that may indeed be unanswerable, what does it mean
to be an artist?

I would love to hear from arts educators and artists regarding the
questions below -- all of which will be the basis for my thesis. Thank
you for your time and interest!

Please e-mail responses to: kaplan3

Thesis Questionnaire

Art Educators versus Artists who Teach

1. Please indicate your response to the following:

I consider myself an: Art Educator Artist
I make no distinction

Please elaborate:

2. What role did/do the arts (visual, musical, dramatic, dance,
play in your life as a child, adolescent, and as an adult?

3. What do you remember about arts classes as a child? What kind
feedback or response did you receive from your teachers, parents, and
friends regarding your creativity? Do you feel that creativity and
ability to “do” artwork go hand in hand?

4. When and how did you know that you wanted to pursue an artistic
and how did you go about pursuing it once you had made this decision?

5. Describe your most and least favored media and why you feel the
you do about them.

6. What goes through your mind as you watch students work and then
you view their final products? Do you assess their work? If so, how?

7. If you were asked to teach a group of children to perform or
as you yourself do, how would you go about it? Do you think that this
would be a valuable experience for the children and/or for you and why?

I do/do not give (please indicate) Catherine Kaplan my permission to
quote directly some or all of the information included in my responses.

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