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Crits and Hits
[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Peggy Woolsey
Sat, 28 Sep 1996 10:16:43 +0800
To the crit readers:
There's another issue I'd like to bring forth into the discussion.
I majored in studio in art school, and minored in art education. I did not
go on to complete the necessary requirements to teach in the public school
system at that time (later I did). So I did a bit of fence sitting between
the two departments. There was undenieable prejudice against the art
education students as not being real artists, and I wanted to have some
distance from that. What I found seriously perplexing in this situation was
that in studio, the critiques were often brutal and the implication was
clear that the teachers were only doing their job in separtating the wheat
from the chaff. I think they felt that it was kinder to cull the weak early
on, so that they would not have to suffer failure in the hard cold art
world out there. Cross the hall over to art education, and the philosophy
was wholly different. Everyone can do art, everyone can succeed at art, art
is a valuable thing to do and study, offer oodles of help and encouragement
and so on. We did critique eachother's teaching practices but the positive
was always stressed. But as I reflect on (favorite art ed term) the two
sets of art experiences, I wonder if the kinder, more open methods of art
education encouraged me to leave my own studio work and enter education.
Teaching art has been an all-absorbing experience for the last three years.
Now I'm back to the studo. Thanks for reading! Peggy
Maybe reply: Robert Alexander Fromme: "Re: Crits and Hits"