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On Sat, 2 Nov 1996 TreeSeaArt wrote:
> 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?
> 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