Sunday, June 23, 2013

Art Curriculum

The arts curriculum should be related to the ordinary concerns of people and to their everyday activities. The four strands of art education include developing skills for a labor market, cultural education and leisure activity, development of moral character and aesthetic taste, and healthful and creative self-expression. These four strands set a focus on connecting art education to people and their everyday activities. My aunt creates clay models for General Motors in order for engineers to design a car before actually building it with all of the parts. My cousin is a deaf education teacher, and he often creates videos and images to teach his students. This is just a few examples of how people in my life have benefitted from art education in preparing them for the labor market. In my life and profession, art is more of a leisure activity. I enjoy going to the Detroit Institute of Arts and learning about various cultures. For relaxation and to create gifts, I go to the Creative Arts Studio in Downtown Royal Oak and paint ceramics. My teachers enticed me to utilize art for leisure activity which allows me to express myself.

A teacher’s opinion should not have an influence on a student’s taste for art. Teachers should not share to students what they feel is excellent work. Students should have the freedom to interpret art, and formulate their own opinions. Every person has different tastes, interests, and backgrounds which causes art to be interpreted differently. Today’s curriculum focuses on art for self-expression. The teacher supplies the materials, and shows the students how to work with the various mediums. Students create art that pertains to their interests, shows their development, and gives them a sense of self-worth. Standards set by adults would have a negative effect on the art curriculum because students would feel pressured and unable to express themselves. 

The Oakland Press Open Forum Blog Bytes (June 30, 2013)