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  • MaryAnn Kohl
    Here are the main results of the art survey. I m listing the responses that had the highest percentages. At this time, about 74 people have taken the survey.
    Message 1 of 5 , Jul 3, 2009
      Here are the main results of the art survey. I'm listing the responses that had the highest percentages. At this time, about 74 people have taken the survey. 
      To see the entire results, or to participate in the survey, go to: 


      1. Art for children is...
      Extremely Important (79%) 62 or 74 people

      2. Art for children should be available...
           every day during the week 65%(50)  
           several days a week 35% (27)   

      3. When offering art to children...
            I demonstrate an art technique as a springboard to individual choice. 55% (45)

      4. Art with children is done with...
           a small group. 57% (43)
           the entire large class. 52% (39)
           as a choice at at non-specific time. 49% (37)

      5. How art is set up ...
           Art is set up at a center with materials available, but no specific outcome or project expected.  63% (47)
           Art materials are available, but nothing specific is layed out. Children freely select from art shelves, bins, etc. 42% (32)
           I show children what to make and how to make it. 28% (21)

      6. How parents opinions influence how art is provided ....
           55% somewhat important (23)

      7. When planning art for children, parents ...
           enjoy their children art works 80% (58)
           prefer art that is a pleasing craft or product 50% (36)

      8. Most parents I work with...
           provide little in the way of art materials or time to use them at home. 56% (41)
           allow art at home when children are interested 42% (31)
           primarily provide coloring books 35%(26)

      9.  To me, ART for Children is...
           absolutely importnat for children. 97% (72)
           delightful for me. 82% (60)
           fun for me. 84% (62)
           challenging for me (31% (23)

      73% of the people thought art is at least as important as music
      65% thought it is at least as important as reading
      65% thought it is at least as important as playing outdoors.


      25 General Comments
      1.
      Art is just as important as math, social studies, science, sports, music, and every other subject. Each subject has a special place in a child's development. When we are developing the minds of young children, providing them with art experiences is one of the most important things you can do to encourage development of imagination, innovation, thinking outside the box, being inventive. It also develops confidence and self-reliance. I tell children that art is a secret talent - no one knows you can do it just by looking at you, you have to SHOW them! The ability to create something out of nothing is a remarkable skill that will translate into other areas of their lives. Math is a skill that is helpful and neccessary, but being able to MAKE things - to imagine something and bring it into being - is a gift that even more important than knowing how to balance a checkbook... because if you believe that you can figure it out, you'll learn to balance your checkbook anyway. :)


      2.
      Yes, it's MESSY - yes, it's TIME CONSUMING but that's not a "negative" for me - that's why I didn't check it above.


      3.
      Children's art is: 
      precious
      an expression of the heart and soul


      4.
      Art is a way children learn language, and also ways of expressing themselves when they can't find the words. Art helps children connect with the world around them - in everything there is art!


      5.
      Every child deserves a quality art education with a highly qualified instructor. It's not about following directions to make a pretty product. Many of the habits of mind learned in art, that are useful throughout life, are not learned in other areas of the curriculum. In this day of NCLB and high stakes testing, where else can students learn the value of their own ideas and how to develope them to create something new? This kind of learning is essential for the careers of the future that education is supposed to be preparing them for.


      6.
      I think of art as an entirely different language that can not be replaced by any other language. Another way to communicate that is universal and personal. Art is vital to brain development and to deprive a child of rich art experiences is depriving them of a whole way of thinking, depriving them access to a whole section of their brain.


      7.
      I do both a directed art project, to help with spacial relations and direction following as well as cutting skills. But there is always a free art center that the children are allowed to do whatever they would like with the material provided. They do the best projects in the free art center.


      8.
      to me, art is vitally important for children in giving them a way to express themselves, their ideas and their creativity. with young children, I find that art and writing are inseparable as a means of communication, but art is also valuable and important in its own right. Children also learn a lot from each other in a free art center with a wide variety of materials available, although a shortage of empty paper towel rolls can constitute a crisis - which can be turned into a challenge!


      9.
      I think that too often teachers confuse "art" with "crafts" and the children do too many craft projects. I'm not saying that I'm not a culprit at this as well, especially when we are expected to "produce" something for a religious holiday. Crafts are easier than art, because the technique is proscribed. At least if the children are given some freedom when doing the craft the project can be justified as having some artistic content.


      10.
      I also feel that art is messy, but in a good way. It is a way for children to explore their creativity in a non-competitive way and at their own level. It is also a way for them to practice putting materials away for future students to use. Yes, it is messy; but I find that a good thing!!
      Art is also a way to help see things a different way for me and the other children and help develop respect for one's work, thinking, and creativity.


      11.
      Art will be the activity children remember.
      Nobody says, I had so much fun learning the m sound but they do say, the best part of the day was when I made.....
      Debbie Pletzke


      12.
      We have a program called Art Literacy at my school where the parent organization sponsors a specific artist or technique (about five different ones a year). The volunteers are trained to teach the lesson, the group supplies the materials, and then the teacher chooses a time for this lesson to be taught in his/her room. It is immensely popular and a tremendous boon to both teachers and students. In addition to this opportunity, I select two or three specific art projects to go with each theme we study. I try to vary the artists/techniques to include even the ones I'm not as fond of as others. I have been able to pull on the past art literacy plans for this as well as some specific art books I have. I also believe in teaching the components of art (line, color, form, etc.) to even my 1st graders. At one point we used a disciplined based art education program by Davis (publisher) that still works well for some component lessons. Many times school is the only place for children to be exposed to fine arts (theater, dance, etc.) and I consider it a responsibility to include it in my curricula.


      13
      I think art helps children to learn, to express themselves, to develop muscles, to develop vocabulary, to build cognitive connections, and to become well-rounded adults.


      14.
      I find thatchildren who experience art on a regular basis are more thoughtful, inventive and interested in general than children who don't have exposure to art or only have "canned" art experiences. I am the lead teacher in a 5 year old pre school class and art is a major part of my program. It is essential!


      15.
      I think that art is very important for young children to express themselves and think creatively. It is also great for fine motor skills. Unfortunately, with only have a half-day schedule on top of special classes, I have no time at all for children to explore freely with art. Usually, if we do an art project, it ties into something in our reading or math curriculum.


      16.
      art often serves as a springboard for all other types of academic learning in my classroom....and not in a craft kind of way, but there is a place for that in my room as well. I just completed my 11th year of a spring art show which was a 8 week study in my K4 room and culminated in an art show where the children's role was that of art docent for the parents and family. we read art stories, looked at real art, mimiced real artists work, explored a large variety of art styles and medium...we made 18 individual pieces as well as a large cooperative mural, this year based on the work of Romare Bearden, the children learned about Monet, Matisse, Picasso, O'Keeffe, Britto, Klimt, Pollack etc. So as you can see art is very important to me...throught it all we also used art as the springboard for our writing and reading activities as well as math and science. it always proves to be the highlight of the year, not only for me, but the children and parents as well. and since I have done it 11 years in a row, I find that I can't do it the same each year so I reinvent how to introduce 4 year olds to "the starry night" etc so my creativity is stagnant....as Jackson Pollack or was it Matisse said...."long live art"....sincerely Sue Gaudynski


      17.
      I hate to admit it, but I don't think my classroom adequately reflects how much I value art. Drawing (with a variety of paper and implements) is always available, as are easels, but other types of art are not as consistently, readily available


      18.
      I checked that art is challenging for me because of our tight pacing guides. There is a little bit of "art" set up in our new curriculum. I like teaching art but it has been 15 years since my last art class. I need to know a lot more, but I have been trying lately to study on my own.


      19.
      Needed to learn problem solving abilities, patience, delayed gratification, invention and discovery. Absolulty as important as science, math and social science.


      20.
      making and creating are a good fit for learning any subject. Children remember the things they make. Even my adult students can recall what they made as children in great detail. Visual and tactile experiences are pleasurable ways to learn.


      21.
      Art/music create and build a well rounded individual that becomes creative in mind and body. Allows for open ended processing to obtain their own goal. Stretches the imagination for above and beyond, develops thinking skills that will remain with them for life.


      22.
      As I have grown as an Early Childhood Educator, my philosophy about art has also grown and changed. Through research and education on my part I have become very passionate of the importance of art in the classroom. I believe that art is about the process and not the product (Thank you MaryAnn F Kohl) I feel that it is my job to educate the parents in my programs about this, and I tell them very early on what art looks like in the classroom, what will be sent home, and the expectation we have for children in the classroom(smocks are optional, many materials are available to be used, a child can do art/make as many items as time allows, we do not create 'cute' projects or crafts, and ask your children about their art...they will tell you all about it!)


      23.
      Can be done in any environment. We do a lot of art outdoors- nature sculptures, color water spraying on large paper, art on fence easels. Art and music are being taken away from children in most educational environments. It's important that we offer art as often as possible.
      I teach in a family daycare program. We have 10 children and 2 teachers. At the moment our chldren range in age from 8 mo to 4 years. Each child enjoys art and music time. The 8 mo old enjoys finger painting with baby food when the older children are finger painting. 'd love to have a shelf od materials for the chldren to pick from, but with the infants and toddlers eating everythng in site, we just can't do that here.
      Thanks to your books we have lots of wonderful ideas for art time.


      24.
      My class goes to formal art class once a week. We do art everyday in class during centers when the children are free to create at art center. I also introduce them to technique and artists. I display some of my favorite art posters around the room. Each year I choose a piece I like that a child makes for me spontaneously and mat and frame it.


      25.
      Art is an expressive medium for children that develops so many attributes of children and their development. 
      Art is relaxing, enjoyable, creative, individual, collaborative, freeing, open-ended and so much more.



    • Joyce Rainwalker
      ... MaryAnn - Thanks for posting some of the numbers. Refresh my memory - what audience were you plumbing and what will you do with the results of your
      Message 2 of 5 , Jul 5, 2009
        > ________________________________________________________________________
        > ________________________________________________________________________
        > 2. art survey results
        > Posted by: "MaryAnn Kohl" maryann@... brightring
        > Date: Fri Jul 3, 2009 7:46 pm ((PDT))
        >
        > Here are the main results of the art survey. I'm listing the responses that
        > had the highest percentages. At this time, about 74 people have taken the
        > survey.
        > To see the entire results, or to participate in the survey, go to:
        > http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=sAXHuIlct4lY2G8bg81CRA_3d_3d
        >
        >
        > 1. Art for children is...
        > Extremely Important (79%) 62 or 74 people
        >
        > 2. Art for children should be available...
        >
        MaryAnn -

        Thanks for posting some of the numbers. Refresh my memory - what
        audience were you plumbing and what will you do with the results of your
        survey? I am intrigued with the variation in the narrative responses.

        Joyce (cooler and much quieter in these woods this morning...)
        ............
        K-5 Art Specialist
        http://EvergreenArt.Birdsong.ORG
      • Ken
        MaryAnn, When I clicked on the link it says the survey is closed and doesn t show anything. Ken
        Message 3 of 5 , Jul 5, 2009
          MaryAnn,

          When I clicked on the link it says the survey is closed and doesn't show anything.

          Ken

          --- In art_education@yahoogroups.com, MaryAnn Kohl <maryann@...> wrote:
          >
          > Here are the main results of the art survey. I'm listing the responses that
          > had the highest percentages. At this time, about 74 people have taken the
          > survey.
          > To see the entire results, or to participate in the survey, go to:
          > http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=sAXHuIlct4lY2G8bg81CRA_3d_3d
        • kathrynconeway
          I am also interested in knowing more about the group surveyed. Also would like to share some new postings on our blog focused on learning stories of young
          Message 4 of 5 , Jul 6, 2009
            I am also interested in knowing more about the group surveyed. Also would like to share some new postings on our blog focused on learning stories of young children and process-based art. Please let me know what you think; I am particularly interested in hearing from others who work with young children.
            Thanks,
            Kathryn

            http://artatthecenter.blogspot.com/search/label/Art%20Explorers




            --- In art_education@yahoogroups.com, Joyce Rainwalker <joycerainwalker@...> wrote:
            >
            >
            > > ________________________________________________________________________
            > > ________________________________________________________________________
            > > 2. art survey results
            > > Posted by: "MaryAnn Kohl" maryann@... brightring
            > > Date: Fri Jul 3, 2009 7:46 pm ((PDT))
            > >
            > > Here are the main results of the art survey. I'm listing the responses that
            > > had the highest percentages. At this time, about 74 people have taken the
            > > survey.
            > > To see the entire results, or to participate in the survey, go to:
            > > http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=sAXHuIlct4lY2G8bg81CRA_3d_3d
            > >
            > >
            > > 1. Art for children is...
            > > Extremely Important (79%) 62 or 74 people
            > >
            > > 2. Art for children should be available...
            > >
            > MaryAnn -
            >
            > Thanks for posting some of the numbers. Refresh my memory - what
            > audience were you plumbing and what will you do with the results of your
            > survey? I am intrigued with the variation in the narrative responses.
            >
            > Joyce (cooler and much quieter in these woods this morning...)
            > ............
            > K-5 Art Specialist
            > http://EvergreenArt.Birdsong.ORG
            >
          • MaryAnn Kohl
            The group is preschool teachers, kindergarten teachers, childcare providers, and some art teachers for the elementary level. ... MaryAnn On Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at
            Message 5 of 5 , Jul 6, 2009
              The group is preschool teachers, kindergarten teachers, childcare providers, and some art teachers for the elementary level.
              ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
              MaryAnn  



              On Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 6:45 AM, kathrynconeway <kathryn@...> wrote:


              I am also interested in knowing more about the group surveyed. Also would like to share some new postings on our blog focused on learning stories of young children and process-based art. Please let me know what you think; I am particularly interested in hearing from others who work with young children.
              Thanks,
              Kathryn

              http://artatthecenter.blogspot.com/search/label/Art%20Explorers



              --- In art_education@yahoogroups.com, Joyce Rainwalker <joycerainwalker@...> wrote:
              >
              >
              > > __________________________________________________________
              > > __________________________________________________________
              > > 2. art survey results
              > > Posted by: "MaryAnn Kohl" maryann@... brightring
              > > Date: Fri Jul 3, 2009 7:46 pm ((PDT))
              > >
              > > Here are the main results of the art survey. I'm listing the responses that
              > > had the highest percentages. At this time, about 74 people have taken the
              > > survey.
              > > To see the entire results, or to participate in the survey, go to:
              > > http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=sAXHuIlct4lY2G8bg81CRA_3d_3d
              > >
              > >
              > > 1. Art for children is...
              > > Extremely Important (79%) 62 or 74 people
              > >
              > > 2. Art for children should be available...
              > >
              > MaryAnn -
              >
              > Thanks for posting some of the numbers. Refresh my memory - what
              > audience were you plumbing and what will you do with the results of your
              > survey? I am intrigued with the variation in the narrative responses.
              >
              > Joyce (cooler and much quieter in these woods this morning...)
              > ............
              > K-5 Art Specialist
              > http://EvergreenArt.Birdsong.ORG
              >


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