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Re: clay, elementary classroom


Date: Sun Nov 09 2003 - 20:19:55 PST

In a message dated 11/09/2003 8:38:40 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:
One area I'm not good at is clay, and that is the area most people want help, in deed it might end up in a book i am always trying
to come up with books that meet teachers needs so they can bring the best easy
art to children. But at this time I have no book plans regarding clay. Do you
think I should? Is that what your email was suggesting - that is an idea I
should consider?
MaryAnn, questioning yourself about writing a book on clay is very valid.
I'm sure art experts on this list would agree with the advice you seek from me:
 Absolutely DO NOT write a book on clay unless you have the education and
experience behind you. I believe your words in a previous e-mail were "I'm such
a Basic-Betty on this topic."

Here's an analogy which might bring the jist of this message into better
focus for you: As you say that you are not good at clay, I'm not good at math.
Why would I , or how could I, write a book about math "that meet teachers needs
so they can bring the best easy math to children"? Better to leave that to
the math experts.

I asked if you are asking for lessons and ideas from this list for your
authorship in a book. I am willing to share my lessons- my creative inventions-
with my fellow art teachers for use in the classroom with their students. As a
strong advocate for art education, I believe that art should be taught by ART
teachers in the schools (NY just passed law requiring certification in art
education for art teachers), and I am willing to share my lessons to better art
ed in our schools. I do not want my lesson ideas used in a
for-profit-publication, so, if, as you say, "it might indeed end up in a book someday", please
keep this in mind.

Hope my answers to your questions helped you in the right direction.
Susan on Long Island