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Re: [teacherartexchange] Input wanted on "blue clouds", are they common in other parts of the country?


Date: Sat Sep 23 2006 - 12:58:51 PDT

Yes, painting clouds thier local color is not as interesting or as compelling as
painting clouds that exist in the mind. :-)

I am not sure Lowenfeld's Creative and Mental Growth is even discussed much in
undergraduate and graduate courses anymore. Many people felt he was the
"father" of art education. Also, some felt he was the "mother" of art
education because his approach was so nurturing. As a third generation
Lowenfeld art educator, I attribute some of my current beliefs and practices to
him. Here's to Lowenfeld. :-)

Quoting Patricia Knott <>:

> On Sep 23, 2006, at 8:36 AM, 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...
> >
> >
> >
> 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.
> Patty
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Dr. Diane C. Gregory
Associate Professor of Art Education
Director, Graduate & Undergraduate Studies in
Art Education
Department of Visual Arts
Texas Woman's University
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