I read Dissanayake's "What is Art For?" years ago, and her conclusion that
"...art is a normal and necessary behavior of human beings" hit home, and
that belief did affect my art teaching. I bring the attitude that we all feel
a compulsion to make our experience visual(art) comes from within us all,
not from without. I can honestly tell my students that they are all artists,
and that my job is to help them learn how to make their art more successful
in communicating their experience.
Brattleboro Area Middle School