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Art teachers should have styles based on their personality and their
response to the students they teach, but there are standards that we are to
address. The learning of standards is supposed to be addressed in both the
acquiring an art education degree and being awarding a teaching
certificate. I am not new at this, I have been teaching since the mid 70s.
At no time in that period have I been led to believe that I could choose
to teach or not teach part of the visual art curriculum of my state. There
are actually national standards for art education.
What is taught at elementary, middle, and high school level should be
sequential but the teaching approach differs considerably because of the
nature of the students at the different levels. Imagination is very
important in young children as is the evolution of a vocabulary of symbols.
Middle schoolers need to experiment and by the 8th grade become successful
at realistically reproducing what they see (concrete thinking). By high
school students should begin to think about mood, meaning, metaphor,
analogy,etc. (abstract thought).
>Date: Sat, 30 Oct 1999 16:52:11 -0800
From: "Christine Colera" <cmcolera>
Subject: Re : Art and Spontaneity
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