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EVERYTHING BUT ART
[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Robert Beeching
Mon, 20 Oct 1997 14:08:36 -0700
Everything but "art training"; is this what "arted" is all about?
It's like making music without learning to play an instrument; it's like
playing with math without knowing how to add; it's like writing without
learning the alphabet!
Are we still using art as a vehicle for decorating Social Studies
units, and "game" days? Or our we teaching children how to compose and
design like the artists we admire? It is a paradox that in the age of
graphic design, few even know how or why Mondrian produced his "space
divisions." We seem to be talking as though children come ready to
draw, paint, and construct, without ever wondering where they learned
these techniques. We talk about other cultures as though we can
emulate their hard-earned craft. We introduce "units" which we are not
qualified to teach. We are using the visual arts as adjuncts to
psychology and sociology. But are we teaching visual arts? Has anyone
taught a child how the Chinese use the "round" watercolor brush? Has
anyone taught a
child the economy of "mass and line." Has anyone taught a child to
"draw" and not "scribble"?
What kinds of art are we teaching? Is there a difference between "ARTS"
and "CRAFTS"? Are we decorating or making visual statements? What is the
process/skill development here? What's the curriculum? Who's in charge?
Is anybody out there?