While it is absolutely true that artmaking is a non-verbal discipline (or at
least has ended up that way), it is equally true that there is an accepted
body of knowledge related to art that is non-physical and which can be talked
about..........and evaluated once it becomes a part of the student's
Adherents of "visual literacy" (see the International Visual Literacy
Association) have known for years the primacy of the visual, but acknowledge
the importance of the verbal to enhance understanding. If we cannot talk
about what we see (based on what we have come to understand) then I'm not so
sure that we are educated- or have educated.
So, art teacing should be a discipline oriented to both the purely visual and
Bob Beeching wrote:
> This is the time to question the practices of evaluating a non-verbal
> discipline on verbal, written, and aural terms.
> Visual Arts are not to be classified along with the disciplines of verbal,
> aural, and written evaluation. They are - as physical education - a
> non-verbal discipline, and should be judged on that basis alone. If one
> wants to be graded on a written and aural form of dissertation, then one
> should do this in a verbal, aural, and written discipline, and not confuse
> the issue.
> SEE: http://www.sierratel.com/robprod/advo10.htm
> and make a printout for your administration and student counseling staff.