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Re: Advocate art to classroom teachers,parents, principals

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Kenneth L. Poos (klpoos)
Tue, 14 Oct 1997 23:31:44 -0500

Art education has come along way from the time I first started teaching,
around 28 years ago. When I started teaching 1-6th grades, art was only
considered a recreational activity, or a time to do ONLY Holiday art,
just to please the classroom teacher. They wanted THINGS to hang up in
their classroom that was geared toward the holidays. Since I was new I
went along for awhile with this idea.
I gradually decreased the holiday activities and started teaching REAL
art to the kids (principles and elements ). When a teacher came to me
asking me to do a Halloween activity with the kids, I told them that IF
I have time to include it in with my curriculum of art that I would and
if I didn't THEY would have to do a Holiday craft activity with them.
Gradually, the teachers knew that I had a curriculm to teach that I felt
was more important than hanging things from the ceiling, where the kids
don't learn anything- unless where the art teacher taught the different
bones to the body when she was making skeltons.)
Our district tests the 5th graders on their knowledge of art up to this
point in their education,so Art is considered part of the school's
curriculum. It has taken a long time for art to be considered IMPORTANT.
There are still some teachers that view art as (THEIR BREAK TIME) and
that is it. They still can't see how important art is to the curriculum.
I am working on that, but I NEVER do Holiday art with the kids, unless
it is an extra or fill in project for extra credit when they are done
with their art project.
I also intergrade art with social studies, math, music,etc. This really
helps make art an integral part of the curriculum. Find out what is
being taught and try to intergrade that with your art curriculum, the
kids learn so much more .
Sandy Poos
Cahokia Dist.#187
Cahokia, Ill.
Grades 1-6