In regards to:> Best practice is about creating an atmosphere of freedom
> accommodates individual needs. and gives the most
> opportunities for
> the development of student expression.
You GO GIRL! I am amazed at what folks think we should be teaching in art. I had a principal last year tell me all sorts of things I should be teaching in art. I am amazed at what non-artists think I should be covering in art. I have been a professional artist and gallery owner, not to mention many years of experience in the classroom. I do feel I have a grasp on what kids need from art, but am always learning from THEM too! I would NEVER go to the math teacher or science teacher and give them advice on lessons and throw in all sorts of ideas for them to cover. I have seen so many books on art principals that stray SO SO far from creativity, it makes me sick. I agree with Patty wholeheartedly here. Let us develop their creativity, their need to question, their incredible minds and ability to express themselves. These are the minds of the FUTURE. Does that mean we disregard the classics, the past, out art history? No, but I do believe the main focus in art is self creativity and ultimately, a stron sense of i
dentity and self worth.