Friday, January 25, 2013

Every Child an Artist: New Methods and Materials for Elementary Art

   My book, Every Child An Artist can be found on the internet, used. It is being purged every year from various libraries around the country. Back in the 80s, Prentice-Hall actually sent one of my books out to every library and some ordered a second after reviewing it. Now, of course, they are old although the ideas are timeless. Many books have been stolen from the professional shelves of libraries by art teachers, and not art teachers!  You can contact me if you'd like a signed copy...I have a few in my possession.
   Contact me if you're having trouble. See below about the Every Child's premise. 
  Every Child was designed for teachers who had to teach their own art in the classroom when art teachers were being coaxed into other positions at their schools, or dismissed entirely, along with music teachers, because of economic problems back in the 70s and 80s. Everything that goes around comes around and now, again, many of the art programs  have been eliminated from schools where they existed; and many schools never got them back after the first go round...a terrible loss to children
   Every Child was used extensively by many art teachers in Broward County, FL when it was first published in 1983. I used it myself, to teach ninth graders when I moved to Florida although it was designed for younger children in New Jersey. It can be used by any student, any teacher, and even parents. The ideas are universal and useful for projects that need to be done for school science projects, art projects or just for fun and the new knowledge gained.
   My philosophy of teaching art, evolved through years of working with students, teachers, and parents, is that children's capabilities can exceed the expectations we often hold for them. I assume that all children are capable of doing more complicated tasks and comprehending more detailed information than we think they can---and I insist on it!  The lessons developed for my students are based on techniques and ideas that are a little more mature and advanced than expected for the particular age suggested. But the built-in flexibility of each lesson assures one hundred percent success  for every student in a given class.
    Although the final outcome should not be emphasized as the most important part of an art endeavor, the results that students get from their involvement should provide a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in their performance along with the appreciation and knowledge gained in the process.  Kids like to show their art work...remember your own stuff hung on the refrigerator when you were a kid?
   Some of the lessons cover perspective drawing in one- and two-point; drawing trees that look like trees; cutting out letters for posters; making puppets and marionettes; simple clay work; drawing people in action....and on and on. 
   This is a fun book for all ages, even for adults who would like to be able to draw better. You can't thumb through the book without stopping over and over at an interesting drawing or photo that entices you to read the lesson and find out...what's up with this? 
   A newly trained art teacher would flip to have this book for those lesson plans handed in or emailed in weekly. Universal ideas in the book can be used to cover every concept of any state or district requirements. Check it out for probably under a dollar...more like a few shipping!

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