Monday, January 3, 2011

How was your art experience in school?

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Happy 2011! I am teaching an Arts Education university course for students who are planning to become art teachers. What advice would you give students based on your elementary school experience? Who inspired you to pursue your art and why? How were you supported or discouraged by your art teachers? What would you like to tell students about how your art experience in school shaped your view and feelings about art?
 I would be most grateful to hear from you.

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nacherluver said...

Sadly, I don't recall my grade school art experience. I remember my teacher and she was nice. I remember the art room was in the basement and we had the class once or twice a week. I know my art education stopped in grade school as our schools did not offer art in middle school. That makes me sad as I wish I would have been more immersed. I don't remember the school displaying our art like my kid's school does. My kids today love their art teacher and they create daily in school (creations displayed all over the school and at home).

nacherluver said...


Praise, praise, praise.
Display, display display.

Makes kids feel proud and accomplished. They may not get that at home. My son brought home a sculpture (it was really good too) once that wasn't his. The girl who made it didn't want it. She said she didn't want to bring it home because her parents didn't care and always threw everything right away anyways.

Karen Wallace said...

Hello. Great advice, thank you soooo much for commenting. I feel that it is important for kids to have art in school. Hugs Karen

Carole said...

All I remember about elementary school art was that everything was supposed to stay within the lines. I had trouble doing that as I always wanted to add more colour and more lines to all the art sheets.

In high school I had two wonderful art teachers that encouraged me to explore, explore, explore. Without them I am sure I would have given up on art.

I still don't colour within the lines and I'm still exploring!

Karen Wallace said...

Thank you Carole. Yeah, I am not sure how art is colouring inside lines, strange idea! Hugs Karen

ladaisi said...

This sounds like a terrific class.

I was homeschooled as a kid, so my "art class" was a yearly sketch book I was instructed to fill. Sometimes my siblings and I would all draw the same things, based on unit studies we were doing.

Since then, I've taken two watercolor classes, an oil painting class, an acrylic painting class, and a pen and ink class. All good experiences.

I'd have to say my favorite form is mixed media - let your imagination go wild!

I'd love to hear more about the class you are teaching as the semester progresses!

- Lauren

Ladaisi Blog

Karen Wallace said...

Lauren, Hello. My partner and I home schooled (on and off in elementary school) our kids and it was a great experience for all of us. Thanks for your comments. I will keep you posted. Hugs Karen

Elizabeth Parsons said...

I had a significant experience regarding a teacher and my art. I wrote a blog post about it last year and here is the link:
(too long for this comment section)

Karen Wallace said...

Thanks Elizabeth, I will read it. Warmly, Karen

Jeanne Henriques said...

Hi Karen
Such a good question! I did not find art till much later in life. I think it was because I could never paint to make it look as it should be. That was what was expected.

Freedom to explore and interpret beauty in your own way makes all the difference. I wish I had an art teacher who could have explained it in those terms.
Show them paintings by great artists...contemporary, expressive artists and there will be no looking back :)

Here is one that did it for me-

Best wishes and many thanks for your comment Karen!
Jeanne xx

Karen Wallace said...

Thank you so much Jeanne. Great advice. Hugs Karen

Ro Bruhn said...

Drawing was part of my life before I even started school, I'm not sure where it came from as neither of my parents used to draw. Much later at high school I had a fabulous art teacher, two years in a row, he introduced us to many different techniques and allowed us the freedom to express ourselves in what ever form we preferred, guiding us but never controlling our directions.
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