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re: no pumpkins in october.

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Nnaell_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat Nov 18 2000 - 11:37:34 PST


as usual...there is the person who is so very literal...he/she cannot
discriminate between a still life with a fall theme and a paperbag
jack-o-lantern. One can be a color study, an observation drawing lesson, a
painting lesson, a collage lesson...on and on and on...blah blah blah! The
other is what keeps art eduation as a special, extra-curriculuar,
non-academic,____(fill in the blank)_______..etc, etc, etc. It is why some
of us are stuck on a cart or in a damp, leaky basement, without adequate
curriculums, supplies or administrative support. It is why some of use have
to make Santa center pieces and make sure our students go home with holiday
gifts.

NO PUMPKINS IN OCTOBER is the title of a book that helps those NON-art folks
to understand why art education is NOT holiday art.

Of course...as always....I mean no offense to anyone. But like 99.9% of you
I fight this battle on a daily basis. I took over from a teacher who did a
lot of this kind of crowd pleaser, fun, craft-type projects and called it
curriculum integration. These projects included...spoon holders for
christmas presents from third graders every year, brown kraft paper indian
vests for boys and little pilgrim hats for the girls. The list goes on and
on and on......little by little...I am changing minds. But it is a constant
effort on my part to reeducate students, parents and administration!