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Writing in the art room-art in the classroom?


Date: Sat Oct 21 2000 - 15:41:08 PDT

I remember our head of Visual Arts for The New York State Education Dept.
telling us that TRUE integration of art with the other core subjects means
that each subject is taught by the specialist of that subject. This means,
for examples, that the classroom teacher teaches English language arts and
the science teacher (if there is a special science teacher) teaches science.

A few years ago I wrote a lesson for State Education Dept. Website called
Polygon Pets. It was an integrated lesson on geometric forms and animal
sculpture using these forms . Part of the reason it was chosen as an example
for the Visual Arts Standards is that it integrated art and math in just this
way. The math concepts were taught in the classroom. They were reinforced
and came alive as the students applied them to art.

What is the reasoning behind this kind of integration? WE are qualified in
art education and THEY are trained in their special area. If we want art to
be a valued subject to be taught by certified and trained art teachers, then
the classroom teachers should not be teaching it. In the same token, we
should not be teaching out of our field. Witten art assessments, personal
reflections, or journal writing are appropriate for the art room. Essay
style writing, ideally, should be kept in the classroom. Story writing and
grammar exercises also should be left to the classroom teachers.
Susan on Long Island