Monday, January 28, 2013

Sculpture and education

It's not good to read academic journals in bed, because you can wind up agitated and shouting!

The lead article, Century of the Child: Growing by Design by James F Cooper in American Arts Quarterly has this screamer: The members of the National Committee for Standards in Arts Education K- 12 opposed introducing sequential educational knowledge, such as drawing, anatomy, nature, composition and design.

The chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts upheld the ruling, saying: "teaching students to draw from the human figure is revisionist and stifles creativity."

Ignorance also stifles creativity. 
Would you teach geography without referencing maps or images of the earth?  
Math without using numbers? 
English without a basic understanding of sentence structure?

To teach Art without offering the traditional skills of centuries of art making is absurd.
Save us all from the people in charge of arts education!

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