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RE: [teacherartexchange] the benefits of three dimensional work/grant proposal


From: Jane Altshuler (janealt_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Oct 17 2006 - 11:29:47 PDT

I think sculpture helps kids learn physics, and quickly understand the
limitations of different materials. It probably uses a whole different
section of the mind to make things stay up and balance. Jane

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From: M. Austin []
Sent: Monday, October 16, 2006 11:16 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] the benefits of three dimensional
work/grant proposal

My first thoughts are that it helps develop both small and large motor
skills. It is also a form of art that is often overlooked. Many students
today feel that the "really good" artists in their class are the ones who
draw well. This leaves out a very real form of expression. Many students
find they can express themselves easily with clay, and it often has a
calming effect with students. And because clay in the elementary doesn't
come with a predefined set of "rules" like drawing does, ALL students feel

There will probably be better answers soon - the pain medication I'm on is a

killer AND it is past my bedtime - but that's what I think of right off the
top of my head.
K-12 Kansas Art Teacher

> My off the cuff answer has to do with multiple
> intelligences and the math/spatial connection. To be
> honest, I'm a potter and a sculptor and I definitely
> lean more toward 3-d art rather than drawing, as a
> viewer and as an artist (it's not only the work that I
> make, but the work that I most strongly connect with
> with) but I don't have any specific data or studies to
> reference as to the importance of exposure to
> three-dimensional media especially with elementary to
> intermediate level age groups. Any suggestions?

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