In a message dated 10/08/2004 1:56:14 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
However, from my case studies, I found that primary
school 'generalist' teachers often viewed art as being too time consuming,
too resource intensive and not as important as other aspects of learning.
Also, they felt that they lacked the skills, knowledge and confidence to
address the visual arts. This would suggest that if the visual arts in
Western Australian schools are not getting an 'even break' it is just as
likely to be because of teacher/school beliefs and priorities, not
Hi, Vicki in Australia,
Thank you for your informative view. It's interesting to see how visual arts
ed is viewed in Australia. Very sad to me is that the visual arts on the
elementary school level doesn't seem to be any more respected there than it is
here! Even when I visited Japan, where I expected to see a huge emphasis on the
arts, as the arts appear to be an inherent part of their culture, I was very
disappointed to see a lack of time spent in art education. I would like to
hear from more art teachers around the world as to how art ed is viewed and how
exactly it fits into their educational system.
p.s..Jill from New Zealand, it was nice to hear from you! It seems like
yesterday that you stayed with me in NY before the conference...
Susan on Long Island