Some thinking in Art Education - from Patty Knott
- Greetings Art Educators,
When I get a good post from Patty on one of the other lists - I like to
share it with you. Patty is the curriculum guru of the lists. Here is a
related article (written for early grades - but still important for upper
From Patty Knott:
Curriculum and what art teachers teach is often my passion
and I really don't think we need much research - the examples are out there.
The research is general brain research.
Brain growth is the result of interacting with enriched environment.
Every curriculum - art or otherwise - needs to provide
opportunities for choice ands self direction
and stimulation of all the senses
Provide a play environment - create "strangeness" and ask the kids to ask
Give problems to solve rather than lists of information.
Our brains thrive on inquiry and figuring out the strange and unusual.
My personal curriculum is driven by skepticism and a safe environment
where that skepticism can exist.
Risk taking is rewarded even if it is less than successful.
Technical skill follows the idea. My question is always,"What media will
best convey the communication of your idea?... And it is my job to gently
and adjust the student choice to what my experience tells. ... and sometimes
it is better to let them be bent.
Learning is not 1+1 =2 ... Learning is how many ways can you get to 2.
If we allow all the ways to get to 2 and give validity to all the ways to
get to 2, then we truly allow the process of inquiry and challenge.
Let imaginations wonder. Allow speculation. Allow the questions.... but
most of all allow for the reflection. Build on the reflection.
Critique like a scientist and cherish the insight. We need kids that can
ask rude questions and we need to be vigilant in directing that rudeness. We
have the best opportunity in art for brain growth
I value Patty's time that it takes to write these gems - so I like to get
more mileage out of them (smile).
Judy Decker - Ohio
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