I am able to give my students a rich background in all of the "ology's" listed in AP Art History, but not so much in my studio elective courses. With limited time, the elective courses are really limited to art making, but AP Art History is all about being sociologists, archeologists, pyschologists, historians and art detectives. Unless curriclum changes for art making courses, or time constraints are lifted, by the time students arrive in the studio, get out their work, almost 1/2 the work time is over, before clean up begins. Introducing the concepts, techniques, and studio practices at the beginning of the "project", is about all they can handle as they chafe to jump in to work with the materials and their ideas. I know, I just came back from the NJ Art Teacher's convention, where I taught 2 workshops, and as I introduced what we were about to do, I mentally read the art teachers all saying to me "yeah, yeah, just let me at the materials to make my own shadow puppet".
> Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2008 07:36:46 -0700
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> Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Participation in TeacherArtExchange
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> I agree with most of what Ann says. I also think we could use a facilitator that would steer the discussion toward positive, uplifting topics of interest to a wide range of people. I do miss the more philosophical discussions we once had about art education theory and practice. Nevertheless, I like to listen to what is on the minds of art teachers. I do miss lively discussions.
> One topic I would like to discuss is visual culture lesson ideas for the elementary art classroom. I would like to also hear what the group thinks about the pros and cons of visual culture. I am not sure my art education students are getting the background they need in sociology, psychology, anthropology, technology, and in contemporary art to teach visual culture. What are your thoughts?