Why?

I recently watched a video clip of Simon Sinek, an author and marketing consultant, who states that all organizations and careers function on 3 levels: What you do, How you do it and Why you do it.  He says the problem is that most don’t know that Why exists.

So let’s get to Why!

Why am I writing this blog?

With arts funding cuts and student contact time reduced to almost nothing it is more critical than ever to ensure that the learning happening in the art room is more than just making “pretty pictures”.

We all know the art room should provide experiences in authentic art making, choice based lessons, rich dialogue and reflection as well art history, and exposure to culture.  But as student numbers grow and precious art time diminishes, is this really happening in the classroom?  I will be the first to admit that with 800 students circulating my art room in a week it’s tempting to teach unoriginal “copy me” lessons to make my life easier.  However, we must hold on to what we believe and continue to cultivate creative minds.

The main purpose of my blog is to build an awareness of and give exposure to the creative and critical thinking processes that take place in the art room; 21st century skills.  I am currently working on an action research project to determine the effects of teaching creative problem solving strategies on the achievements and attitudes of elementary art students.  My journey will provide me with research in critical and creative thinking in the arts that I hope to discuss and share with you.

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Posted on June 8, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. It does seem as though lately we have been hearing–even from ourselves– crazy comments like “if they are never going to use this as adults, why bother?” This enrages me. While I may only have a small percentage of my students go on to be professional musicians, every child I teach will be a life-long consumer of music.
    The creative arts are not just important to educating the whole child. They are the ONLY WAY to reach each child’s individual aesthetic potential. The greatest legacy one can leave the world is a well-educated child, (stolen from Mark Twain, I think) and a well-educated child will be a well-educated adult decision maker. An adult who reflects back on childhood creative arts and remembers singing songs and making pretty pictures is not going to see the worth of creative arts instruction like a child who learned to think creatively, be musically literate, and seek out aesthetic experiences.

  2. Love it! What seems obvious to you and me is not so obvious to others. It is easy to take forgranted our education as it becomes part of who we are and our fiber. You might find my post about cookie cutter art interesting especially the responses. I was totally overwhelmed that other art educators were okay with pretty picture and tracer art. Oh well. Just shows the holes in our education system throughout the country.

    • Erica-
      Funny you mention your post on Cookie Cutter art! That was right around the time I discovered blogs AND the day I put your bog on my reader! Don’t get me started on tracers!

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