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RE: Arts and Doctorates

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Wed, 1 Sep 1999 17:46:53 EDT

Bob, Thank you! THANK YOU! I have been struggling with this issue for 3
years and I am one of those teachers who fell into the left-brain mode of
teaching art, out of guilt.

"Enter the college classroom of any art education instructor in the 1990's,
and one will most likely find that the majority of time is spent on talking
about, than producing art. It is that Abelardian dissertation mold that
frames these college professor's modes of instruction in verbal discourse,
not art production."

Two Summer's ago, I took a course in Elem. Art and my Prof was really up in
arms about what has happened to art curriculum in the schools. She felt that
by taking a left-brain approach, it was against what art really is about,
which is strengthening the right-brain "muscles". While not adverse to
teaching about art history, critique and aesthetics, she felt there was now
an imbalance in the degree studio time for the sake of a more cerebral

I must say, deep inside,I still consider production the essential part of
art. Otherwise, we are teaching concepts without meaning. The student needs
to assimilate what they learn by doing not talking or writing. I have been
trying to keep step with the "times" and not listening to my heart.

Thanks for the wake up call. I may get some verbal spankings from some of
you, but I repenting anyway. Less writing and more production for us this