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A class of 36 identical pumpkins leaves me on edge too and if this was a
wonderful world with an art teacher in every elementary room, life would be
perfect! Unfortunately....and especially in California with no formal
art programs (at least in our large district)...kids have to get what they
can "get" and 36 pumpkins are better than no pumpkins at all!!!!! The more
incentive, encouragement and training we can give the classroom teachers,
the better...but we have to work together. Many of these same classroom
teachers have little self-confidence in their art abilities and need
strong, HELPFUL motivation from us.
I also feel strongly that kaleidoscope art (because that's what it
is....ART) has a difinite place in the artroom as well as crossing many
other demensions such as history in the Rose Window, graphic art and design
as in hubcaps, a study of Platonic Solids and tetraheadra in math,
science..I don't know in what, maybe someone else can enlighten us
both...kinetic art as in 3D rotational hexagonal kaleidocycles, patterning,
radial symmetry...be it rotational or relective...tiling as in MC Escher's
tessellations! I could go on and on!
Although you did not mention this..someone else did on a recent post...not
being adaptable to intEgrating other facets to art experiences because the
other core subject teachers are not asked to is a wasteful mindset. Who
loses? Not the art teacher, not the subject teacher! We all know who loses!
So what if other teachers are not doing art in their rooms (fortunately in
my school they do!)?
My only concern is my students and their love for their artworks and how it
relates to everything around them! I don't want my students to walk away
from the artroom thinking art is fun but it's not important because it
doesn't relate to the real world and everything in it!
I'm writing a novel! I dislike teachers that "posture" and I guess that's
what I'm doin'! Sorry! Let's just agree to disagree!!!!!!! Truce!
Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Road
Danville, California 94526