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Hello

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TreeSeaArt
Sat, 2 Nov 1996 20:06:23 -0500

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Hey fellow arteders.... I am curious about Eisner and DBAE.
I have heard criticism about the rigidity and lack of
relevancy of DBAE programs in the attempt to redefine and legitimize the role
of art in edu. I share in this crit from my limited experience and
knowledge. I have
heard that my definition of DBAE is narrow and that Eisner has changed over
time and that the whole thing is used in such a variety of ways that one
cannot use those old criticisms with any weight.
I work in an inner
city school with such a variety of needs in each classroom that I find myself
remodifying my own lessons constantly and taking a very broad view of (how
long is the lesson?) what I am going to include (reminds me of my Mom's
explanation attempting to unite evolution and the Bible...the BROAD view of
how long that seven days really was)...What I mean to say is in my college
classes there was an attempt to include all 4 areas of studio, aesthetics,
etc into each lesson..........I include them in my perspective (and more, but
crit and aesthetics run together and its not my focus or starting point) but
its a rare day that all truly happen well. Is it just me? Why should I
worry about such a rigid criteria? Does anyone?

I
truly try to remain focused on what is effective and relevant to my students
to experiencing and developing art from within and in gaining in a sense of
identity and observation about this world in its relationships and certainly
in assisting in the accessing of global art history and culture seen in its
context in a kind of critical perspective...essentially clinging to the
desire to somehow empower my students in whatever way that intersecting with,
interacting with, inventing art can. .But............am I off base in seeing
such a division between DBAE and me.....What about Eisner.....didn't he start
all this? What's the history of the changes in this DBAE bandwagon.... I
guess I'm so eclectic....I'd like to find out where we all
meet.............................................later............Theresa


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