On Sep 23, 2006, at 8:36 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Carokarn
> <<When I first began teaching (k-8) here twenty years ago I noticed
> that almost all of my
> students would color their clouds blue and leave the sky white. It
> is a
> low-income area so my first thought was that first grade teachers
> encouraged children to
> color that way to preserve the blue crayons, but years passed,
> crayons were
> plentiful and still the blue clouds persisted. Often I would ask:
> "Why are the
> clouds blue?" the response: "Because that's what color clouds
> are." >>
> I am glad this came up. It is important for all of us who work
> with pre middle school children to understand child development and
> learning theory and I am still learning. Craig Roland at Univ of
> Florida has put together a great website which organizes all the
> material in an engaging manner. My college undergraduates are
> using it to analyze their collections of "unschooled" child art...
> http://www.arts.ufl.edu/ART/rt_room/teach/young_in_art/index.html >
Great site. Craig Roland used to be a major contributor to this
list. I hope he is still "listening."
I always think the little ones know what we should ---- the sky isn't
blue and clouds are not white.
Maybe we don't see what they see because we get all hung up --- they
don't get hung up.
I always remember one of my foundation college art class assignments
--- Paint clouds without using white.