Monday, December 28, 2009

Favorite comments of '09: Dawn on art activities

Re myths about left-brain schooling, Dawn writes:

I think even though art gets into math and English these days by way of projects it's degrading art as well as those other subjects. Art is as much based on skills and work and practice as math. Expressing yourself is something you can only do after you've acquired the skills to do this. And I say this as someone for whom drawing has always been tremendously important.

Perspective, light, structure, tools, exercises, etc. THAT's what makes art. This half-assed stuff they incorporate into math or english not only cheapens those subjects but cheapens art.

It's a strategy. Maybe if more kids WERE encouraged to bite their teachers when bored....

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