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Re: intergration

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Lynn Foltz (lfoltz)
Wed, 9 Oct 1996 00:03:56 -0400 (EDT)

Well, for goodness sakes - all I want to do is uphold and keep the
integrity of art education at a high standard and REALLY TEACH ART rather
than lose the real teaching of art by teaching students that art is a
salt map or a pumpkin or a Christmas tree - I have been a supervisor and
state presenter and Board Member of our state association and attending
NAEA conventions for years and years and years ----- and what I have seen
and observed so very many times is that people think they are teaching
art by using patterns and season to motivate students.... this is not
truly a DBAE approach------------- I also believe and live in a way that
other subject areas become a part of teaching art WHEN IT IS A NATURAL
AND REAL CONNECTION - I have fought this fight for most of my teaching
career and I hate to see new and experienced teachers fall into the
danger of creating sloppy and shallow programs - all for the sake of
integration ---of course I integrate many, many, many times - but I truly
make sure that it is APPROPRIATE for the goal or measure I am teaching
for art. I hope I am making myself clear......Sorry to step on so many
Most humbly and respectfully,

On Tue, 8 Oct 1996, Norman Melichar wrote:

> I find Lynn's comments on intergration interesting, if not a bit narrow.
> At the elementary level intergrated art lessons are often the only way we
> are able to teach art, and have felt for a long time that intergrated areas
> are very appropiate. Many of us at the elem. level do not have "art
> teachers" in our buildings. When the Getty people visited our school, lo
> and behold, they were looking for art as an intergrated subject, not an
> isolated entity. Maybe I'm confused on this issue. It seems artifical to
> isolate a subject that is so much a part of our life, everyday. Most
> students will never be professional artists, but they will experience art,
> be surrounded by art, participate in art, learn to appreciate art, respond
> to art, all throughout their intergrated lives!
> Norm Melichar