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At 12:03 AM 10/9/96 -0400, Lynn Foltz wrote:
>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
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