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> From: Bob Beeching
> Sent: Sunday, September 5, 1999 1:59 PM
> To: artsEdnet TALK
> Subject: RE: VISUAL ARTS CURRICULUM
> Sharon wrote:
> "I also have pretty high percentage of ESL students, some of whom have
> incredible art skills but are
> going to struggle, mightily, with some of the required written work at ANY
> Ask the administration how they grade P.E.?
> This is where you need the support of the NEA, Getty, NAEA, and the
> Kennedy Center's "ArtsEdge" consortium: E-mail them your plight -
> immediately. Let them inform your administration to the non-verbal
> discipline area of Visual Arts.
> ISSUE: How can one evaluate a "non-verbal" discipline with "words"?
> Just as students in P.E. are evaluated on physical performance, your
> students are in visual arts to produce visual arts, not reading, writing,
> and arithmetic. Have your administration contact me, and I will attempt to
> guide them toward a more logical approach to grading visual arts programs.
> Have them peruse the data at: http://www.sierratel.com/robprod
> This situation is the direct result of what has been happening in art
> education since the 1960s where visual arts has been forced into the
> constraints of a a highly verbal content. You don't talk about art to
> produce it. You produce art, and then talk about it.