Thursday, January 27, 2011

Multicultural Education

I was making an artistic outline for Chapter one in my textbook and as I was reading I was actually really wrapped up in the idea of post civil rights equality, social equality..

It occured to me that most other countries in the world would not even HAVE a program about teaching racial equality and teaching strategies to reach all culture groups. This class is about anti-prejudice and social equality. It's about helping all students succeed to their full potential no matter where they came from or didn't come from. It doesn't matter if they have wealth or just immigrated, no matter if they are English language learners or don't know many of the basic skills that American kids grow up learning like computer technology.

I'm not sure if any other country teaches quite this level of multi cultural acceptance and equality. America is truly the "Melting Pot."

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

At an early age

I know pretty much for a fact that I could not draw this way when I was in sixth grade!

I was thinking lately though about how YOUNG my students are. They are just barely out of elementary but they shock me with how well they can draw. sometimes. And I started thinking about Picasso learning from the master's when he was just a boy. Or Raphael learning to paint photo realism at the age of twelve.

Maybe a big part of drawing is actually the technical skill. Like, learning to play the piano. But maybe, the reason they became famous is because they decided not to only do what they learned, but break away. Picasso obviously broke away, almost in a rebellious way. Raphael's rebellion was in the form of sculpture as a medium.

If these students are given tools to draw... I mean, actually DRAW, what amazing ways could their artwork go from here, at such an early age.