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Re : Art and Spontaneity

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Christine Colera (cmcolera)
Sat, 30 Oct 1999 16:52:11 -0800



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I would like to agree and disagree about the comments made, which can be taken I sure in many ways. Every art teacher has their own theories and philosophies on their subjects and what should be taught, and I totally agree that teachers need to take time to explore media and techniques, but if you can foster creativity and a love for art, the information out in the world is enormous. Any person who has been inspired and opened to not being afraid of art is an artist. We have to understand that our students have learned to be afraid of not suceeding; grades, peer ridicule, etc. have led to this environment. We have to teach our students that it is okay to be mediocre or horrible at something, only by practice and exploration with enthusiam will help them to go anywhere after they leave your classroom. Tina in San Diego

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On Sat, 30 Oct 1999 19:14:28 Jane Shiflett Manner wrote: >At 06:07 PM 10/30/99 -0400, you wrote: >>...By the time of adolescence, the child recognizes that his or her skills >are not well enough developed to create the complex images that come to >mind spontaneously and visual creativity stops....I think that if we as art >teachers were more conscientious about developing art "skills" throughout >out the preK-12th grade curriculum, many more people would be able to be >express themselves through visual media and do so with gusto and >creativity...> > >Thank you! > >Sometimes I wonder what people are thinking when they discuss art >education. E-d-u-c-a-t-i-o-n from educare, "to bring up". The spontaneity >of a three year old is not and should not be the same as the spontaneity of >a 16 year old. (Though Picasso voiced a desire at 45 to draw like a child, >this creative genius did, in fact, have a sequential and rigorous art >education!) Many in our society and some in our profession think that >giving children the materials and an atmosphere where they can do whatever >their little hearts desire is what art education is about. If that were so >almost anyone could "teach" art; it would take no training and require no >certification. > >This is not what art education is, though, and we as a profession need to >make that known more often. The skills-mental and technical-that students >need to put those spontaneous ideas into a 2 or 3-dimensional form can and >should be taught and learned. We espouse the "problem solving" techniques >that art education offers students and then we mamby-pamby about >spontaneity in a way that makes intellectual growth and skill development >in art seem like a detrimental thing instead of learning. > > >

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