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One of my greatest weaknesses currently(besides fondnesses for
chocolate,pizza,icecream...)with VAEC's pages lies with the SECONDARY
SCHOOL's PAGE. WHY you ask(and I know that you are all asking this right
now without even thinking of pressing that dreadfully deadly dull keyboard
key: D)? Amongst other reasons are my personal and professional
interests in teaching controversial issues which I certainly favour in
fact in all grades. Visual art is emeshed in this concern.
Question 1: Where can I consult a superb list(s) of specific teaching
controversial issues related to or dealt by visual arts education and
Q.2: Where can I obtain the greatest quotations,funny stories,person
interest stories from,in,above,around or having nothing to do with the
classroom related to teaching controversial issues related to visual arts?
Q.3: Where can I access specific activities/lessons that are
emeshed(smothered with chocolate?)in teaching controversial issues that
consciously and effectively tackle any concerns/problems/issues
surrounding such content,method,approaches within visual arts
controversial issue activities/lessons?
Q.4: What are the "state of the arts" in contemporary educational
philosophies regarding issues that are part of or constitute teaching
controversial issues within visual arts education? Who are the better,best
authors,educators,philosophers to consult and use in these issues?
Q.5: Where can I get handy right to the point tips for a survivalist's
guide for visual art teachers in an indifferent,non-supportive or overtly
hostile anti-visual arts learning/teaching environments? I know that a
listmember wrote a book for secondary teachers and that the NAEA has some
very good stuff. As well some regional/local and smaller national arts
advocacy groups have some usefull materials. Problems they are all
scattered and visual arts are often tacked on,given short shrift and not
seen to be able to stand alone WITHIN THE ARTS! (Sorry for this atypical
intemperate outburst I shall only draw/paint mental images from now on!).
I am looking for down to earth,specific,practical advice,tips,ideas and
strategies for visual arts educators or anyone who wishes the visual arts
to be viable or sustainable within overall educational
I hope that all those kind souls(okay a few die hard lovers)will respond
both directly and/or to this list with URLs,contacts,email,bibliographical
Please do NOT forget the formal stuff: School board/authority
policies,curriculums(the Kennedy Center has a superb linkage to state art
POLICIES,PRACTICES,CLUBS,ACTIVITIES,COMMUNITY OUTREACH ACTIVITIES,PARENTAL
INVOLVEMENTS.....as they specificially deal with visual arts.
I know that I have asked for a lot but just think: it is better to give
than receive!(wonder where that came from?):0)). Full
acknowledgement/credit(s) given upon contributor(s) request OR
non-source disclosure at sole discretion of contributors if you so please!
Come on! Lets show those science,math,music(yes music)teachers,school
administrators,parents,students(yes students),journalists,observers that
visual arts teachers are organized,well spoken,articulate(and
verbose:0)and are nice reasonable paper(outside of their studios of