Art Teachers

Anyone struggle with “art vs craft”? Sometimes I feel my lessons don’t carry meaningful art rigor, and I’m just hosting craft time. Any suggestions for recourses providing meaningful art lessons?

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Sometimes the ‘craft’ lessons are just plain fun! I don’t expect every one of my lessons to hit the ‘art rigor’ nail right on the head. The craft lessons can often act as a review of concepts learned from an ‘art’ lesson. (Review primary/secondary colors, types of lines, texture, etc...) I have found that some parents (and admin) think that the crafty things coming home is an indication of a good art program (☹️!!) Process is WAY more important than product, but parents and admin usually don’t see the process, so throw them a craft and don’t feel bad about it but also give them lessons that are just pure art and process.

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I like to think that all artists are craftspeople, but not all craftspeople are artists. Learning and working towards mastery of the “craft” of the different mediums of Art can be a tedious, repetitive process. Sometimes a “craft project” is a good way to zoom in on particular art-making skills and also makes that learning fun, but it is unlikely for this kind of project to produce something that we teachers, the artist, or a neutral observer would call Art unless of course some personal meaning was struck by that project. It’s why I design my students experiences to be fairly open ended as far as the content that they produce, while I focus on teaching the skills that will allow for their personal expressions to be realized.

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Thanks for the input, very insightful!

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always connect it to an artist, art history, or a state standard! sometimes I love doing cutesy pinterest crafts in my classes. as long as its connected somehow to my curriculum I feel comfortable.

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