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One idea you might think about would be to somehow bring in the local
issues or places within your community, hoping to bridge some gaps between
new stuff and the ways of older teachers in your school.
For example, using the seasons as a way to expand how your students
can go out into the community to relate to local customs and beliefs.
Rather than pilgrim hats, do some playful imagining related to "Headgear"
of animals, locals, and native peoples of your area. Everybody has a
grandpa or uncle with a goofy hat - use that as a starter in conversation,
then leap to a wearable art show perhaps.
Use of bookart is also a simple entry into every possible area of
study in your building - encourage widely expanded use of art in all forms
to illustrate picture books, poetry, and other written forms. Then, move
out and away with artforms in the playfield or elsewhere.
>Hello, I am a new art teacher in an elementary school and just joining
>artsnet. I am looking for helpful hints to advocate art education to the
>classroom teachers, parents and sometimes principal, who seem to feel it is
>just a recreational activity
>(I guess this attitude came form the last art teacher). Although my
>connect to the classroom curriculum such as studing art and history of the
>Hopi Indians, I keep getting requests to make pilgrim hats!
> I have tried explaining that I don't have time in my class to make
> but it doesn't make much of a dent to the "old timers".