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Re: [teacherartexchange] blue clouds


Date: Sun Sep 24 2006 - 11:24:31 PDT

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From: pknott

<< It boggles me as to why we want to push to conventions and not
nurture the inherit perceptions. 
  Look and find the wonderful insights the little ones make with the
"rule breaking." It's the only way we can make artists. >>

The big issue of how art education works has emerged as the focus of
this great discussion which began with a small question about blue
clouds. This goes to the core of what each of us is trying to
accomplish in our classrooms. Jonathan Feinberg of Univ. of Illinois
in THE INNOCENT EYE documents the way that important 20th century
artists saved, studied and used the "unschooled" art of young children
to inform their own art making. Rhoda Kellogg documented thousands of
"unschooled" child drawings from all over the world and found wonderful
connections among them, country to country and through decades of time.

Can we question ourselves as art educators on this topic: Do we
celebrate this universal human achievement of mark making as Kellogg,
Fieinberg, Lowenfeld and masters like Picasso, Klee, Kandinski did? And
encourage individual and quirky expression when we see it? or do our
students have to fit a mold that we feel we must make for them?

Online conversations of this sort are so exciting. Thanks to this
great group for keeping us all thinking.

kathy douglas
in massachusetts
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