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"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." – Vincent Van Gogh


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You have been asked to examine the curriculum of the subject area you expect to teach once you graduate. Re-read that curriculum with the frames of literacy presented this week: autonomous and ideological? In what ways are these two frames present in the curriculum that you examined? Which one is more prominent? Following Lihsa Almashy’s example, what changes can you do to connect the mandated curriculum to the students lives.

The prominent model of literacy in the arts education program is ideological. There is no correct way to teach the aspects of visual arts. Each teacher appears to have their own preferences. Yet, the arts education curriculum does not reflect this aspect. It seems to prefer more of an autonomous teaching style. This could work well in some cases by teaching certain areas like the principles and elements. Yet, they could be switched to an ideological area of designs for this aspect by adding in a more creative component. If teachers instructed students to create any choice work and then search for the principles and elements post-product, they would realize they are already using quite a large number of these techniques.

Luckily, Arts Education quite easily connects to students lives as they are representing THEIR ideas, THEIR emotions, and THEIR stories through visual, dramatic, and musical motives.


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