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Re: Writing in the art room-art in the classroom?

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From: Audrey (art.aud_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Oct 22 2000 - 16:33:11 PDT


How can I obtain your lesson Ploygon Pets? thanks audrey
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Sent: Saturday, October 21, 2000 6:41 PM
Subject: Writing in the art room-art in the classroom?

> 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
>
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