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What intrigued me is something which happened after I visited the schools in
the district in an Artist in Residence capacity. One school in particular,
which had this training for 5 years (about 2 hours per week), had students
which I found could not think and create on their own.....For example, I was
teaching fifth-graders a lesson on Block Printing... They were to draw a
simple design on tag board, cut it out and paste it on mat board...then we
were going to print from these paper "blocks". I gave them ideas (a house, a
tree, an animal) of things to draw...I demonstrated with my own materials...
I showed them a completed block... From these 5th-graders I GOT BLANK STARES
and comments such as "I can't draw" or "show me how to draw a ______" I found
that they, even after 5 years of Monart, could not come up with an original
idea... I concluded that it was because they had no one to spoon-feed them
the instruction.... "first you draw this line here, then this next line goes
here, etc" This is what intrigued me... I wanted to write to Mona Brookes and
tell her what I saw happening.
I think it (Monart) would be a good program for older students 6-12, because
they can understand the connection of seeing and replicating on their own.
Younger kids can follow directions as they are given, but when the instructor
is gone, they revert back to their comfort level and draw as children their
Have any of you experienced this or know what I'm talking about?