Good Morning ,
Thanks for responding to my post. I believed that Robert was talking about classroom teachers and not trained art educators. I do agree that you don't have to teach drawing to inspire creativity and a love of and respect for the Arts. Many people do just that every day. But I do believe that in order to model drawing, you must have a drawing ability. If the lesson comes from a video tape there must be a real live person , who can model the specific questions that the students ask.
I think it is facinating that in some states the training for Art Educators does not involve studio courses.
The person that I replaced taught in the district since the 50's and only used pastels and markers. Their projects were identical when completed. Although he had artistic talent, he did not teach the subject so that his students became life long learners. It was a one and done deal, this cannot be the only exposure that students have to Art.
Many teachers run to the other end of the spectrum, and draw on the students papers instead of teaching them how to do it. I was the victim of both styles in my early years. A large motivator in my eventually teaching Art at the Elementary level.
Learning new methods,( and materials) is an essential part of teaching no matter what subject you are trying to impart in your classes. But the statistics are there that the Arts often are considered a fluff subject and not part of the core curriculum, and that teachers who do not constantly keep up with their field run the risk of teaching old material or just what the curriculum states and not a second more than that.This board is a great awy to keep up with a great deal of what is going on in the world of Arts Education.
I just came home from an Art Education conference and find that my Advocacy level doubles each time that I attend.(which is a good thing) :) Christine