Art curriculum: Self-expression by connecting to real world events

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Title: Art curriculum: Self-expression by connecting to real world events
Author: McCormick, Sarah
Abstract: Self-expression in art to connect with real world events is an art curriculum intended for any art teacher across America. The rational for the art curriculum project is to encourage students to learn how to express themselves visually. Actively experiencing history in art as well as the logic of certain artists' reasoning will promote understanding of the real world. Although it would be very easy to have the students follow directions, step-by-step, where the entire class will get the same or similar outcomes. These "cookie-cutter" pieces inhibit students' development as a human being. We, as teachers, need to notice the awkwardness or discomfort that students may exhibit when approached doing independent tasks related to their self-identity. Our job is to draw out their self-awareness by preparing lesson plans that help students relate to the world around them or inside them. Usually at the early stage of adolescence, students are encouraged to study and provide their best performances in core subject such as English and Mathematics, but art and music are not as valued. Specific lesson plans have been designed to focus on the great artistic masters with the inclusion and development of self-expression. The art curriculum will encourage high school students to express their understanding of the world and express it through their vision.
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Date: 2007-05

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