I have found that many faculty value art for planning time. We are very
valuable to them for this and they are very defensive about making sure they
get their fair service. This made me sick. NO matter how splendid and CORE
CONTENT BASED the curriculum was and how hard I made effort in integrate with
their curriculum. No matter how great the kids' work looked when I took the
time to hang it by her door for her.
No matter how many exhibitions kids got to participate in, or how many
purposes art can serve beside content altogether. No matter No matter No
Then I began to change my focus
from the teachers
to the children I shared my time with.
I had to accept the fact that break time for a teacher is similar to gold.
The kids know how important they are to me.
They would jump through hoops.
I treat them as if they could all be the next Warhol etc.
Taking the time to establish this with students can be as long as a month and
as short as one day.
I have constantly been fascinated at how these children (some are non
english-speaking students entering the country for the first time.)
"rise the the teaching"
and create conceptual and exquisite art.
And that is no exaggeration.
I am blown away and delighted.
Alice Ann Noel in Bowling Green