I would love to see some of you advocate for Arts in Public Schools (the Public in general, as far as I know, SUPPORTS Art in Schools - some for good reasons, some just because their child finds the class fun - which is fine too). Art Education isn't exactly in a good position in the U.S. (at least in my state, I know it's definitely not).
Jeff, Birkeley, TriggerPigKing, and a few others - I see some good arguments. Remember, WE are the artists - if WE don't advocate for the arts, no one else will!
Making the art room relevant to art based careers is ABSOLUTELY important! Graphic Design, Layout Artists, Interior Designer, Car Designer (someone like Chip Foose - he KNOWS how he wants the car to look BEFORE he builds it - He had to develop that skill somehow!!), Magazine Editor, OR the less "Mandatory" careers - comic book artists, illustrators (which are still very relevant if you ask me), video game designers, software developers.. All people who need some kind of art training to do their job.
HOWEVER - it is the job of the ART TEACHER to write the curriculum that will teach these skills! If called upon to defend the curriculum, and their job, the art teacher MUST be able to do it, or go home at the end of the school year knowing they won't have a job waiting for them the next school year.
Lastly - Immortal Cintiq - you're absolutely correct - it is NOT education to have students study for some standardized test which will determine 1) how much the student's have learned, 2) how effective the teachers are, 3) how much money to operate the school will recieve, 4) whether or not AYP has been met. (AYP = Adequate Yearly Progress).
TL;DR - Art is important in LIFE - Artists MUST Advocate for the Arts! - We must also keep curriculum RELEVANT to today's Art Careers!
Sorry, a nerve was struck on this thread and my passion kinda came out.
Doctors heal you, Artists immortalize you.
"Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach" - bullshit.
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