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  • inkleined2blue
    I won t ramble too long on this topic -- today is the day to hike through the red rocks of Sedona -- but I will share this much. As an elementary art
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 28, 2004
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      I won't ramble too long on this topic -- today is the day to hike
      through the red rocks of Sedona -- but I will share this much.

      As an elementary art specialist in a previous life, I felt that it
      was extremely important for my students (k-6) to realize that I was
      degreed in art and education and that I was a producing artist.
      Because my BFA is painting, I set up a corner of the art studio (we
      did not refer to the space as the art room) with an easel and all the
      accutrements of painting.

      I always worked on the same assignments with the children. Why
      should I ask them to do something that I wouldn't want to do? I found
      that when kids asked questions about processes involved in their
      assignments that they could readily find the answer by watching me
      work. I think it added value to their learning that I worked along
      with them. Often they would point out alternate or better ways to
      achieve a result.

      Now, back to the easel ... that was my free time area. When my
      assignments were completed to satisfaction, I went to the easel to
      work. This set a model for kids to follow and they knew art time was
      not a time to waste.

      BTW...I did not have a desk in the art studio. That kept me with
      the kids all the time.

      Now that I am teaching at the university level, not much has
      changed. Although I don't have an easel in the corner, I do work
      along with my students in all of their assignments. In one class we
      are developing lesson summaries. This is a collaborative effort and
      I sit right there with them sweating over each learning objective,
      each essential question, each assessment, and on and on. In the
      writing about art class, students are watching me struggle with
      writing an essay for a national publication as they struggle to write
      an expository essay for class.

      Today, my painting is more of a private endeavor (and I like it that
      way), but my art is also writing and advocacy for quality art
      education. I find time to do each of these things because I embed
      them in my teaching (also an art form if ever there was one!).

      From sunny Sedona,
      Pam
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