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Created: July 12, 2001
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Art in Our Classrooms

Copyright: Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata: July 2001. "Fair Use" encouraged.

This is a journal file. I'm recording my thoughts on the use of art as a transformative tool in teaching. How did we ever lose that sense of wonder in reproducing what we see? Not necessarily what is "there." But what we "see."

Since I have begun to use art in the classroom, students of all ages, including 77, have enjoyed sharing visual literacy. I received a message of condolence personally from a student when Jacob Lawrence died. We had spent the previous semester sharing some of his work. I don't want us to overlook the message that having someone to send that message of condolence to mattered to that student, who had not known Jacob Lawrence's work before. Somehow knowing someone who would be dismayed at his lost, made the student's link to Jacob Lawrence more real. These are the messages of visual literacy. This means that this is not children's art.

And so I come to the issue of Children's Art. And I'm going to suggest that we should all remain children with respect to art. Galerie des Enfants - Les Fables de la Fontaine

Want to put up some of our students' work. And want to show how the work can grow in sophistication without losing its candid qualities. Will use Allan's picture of his granddaughter for this.

More later . . .