This is another interesting thread..the debate of whether something is an
"art" or a craft". Traditionally, a craft object was considered utilitarian,
meaning it had a function, or practical use. An art object was considered to
be aesthetic. Yes, paintings can be functional, and pottery/jewelry can be
beautiful to look at. So there we go--the answer might be "C", for "all of
the above" in the multiple choice questions.
Kountry Krafts could, theoretically, fall into that definition. I don't
have a vengeance against Kountry Krafts..I just have no room for them in my
curriculum, as I have no place for cutesy Mother's Day gifts, or in making
Christmas presents, or in planning my activities based on the whims of
another classroom teacher.
And I agree with Larry S....There are classroom teachers who will think
art teachers chose an easy subject area, because we couldn't hack it in the
"real" teaching community..Consider whether those folks have any creative or
original thoughts at all..and it makes me very sad/mad/gladIdowhatIdo. Some
of those same folks complain that they have no artistic ability, but that we
make it all look so easy.
In fact, one time, a colleague (not a friend) revealed that she wouldn't
be in teaching long enough to worry about retirement--all she said she was
there for was to pay for and insure that her children had a college
education. Makes me wonder why she wants to teach, or if she does, or if she
is spending HER life doing something fun everyday, which is what I get to do
when I'm teaching, and making, art.