SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2018

SchoolArts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901.

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 7 Co-Editor's Letter A s a young college art student, I recall the attention given to self-expression and individuality in my art and art education courses. Like many aspiring art teachers of my generation, I was eager to enter my first classroom with the aim of fostering creativity and expressiveness in my own students. While I was resolute in my mission, I was not so sure about my choice of meth - ods or content. Further, I quickly discovered that teaching art can be a lonely experience. Being the only art teacher in my school left me feeling professionally isolated with seemingly few options for improving my teaching. Since those early years, my knowledge of art and of teaching it has grown considerably. I've learned an abun - dance of "how to's," as well as plenty of "when to's," plus many more "why to's" and "not to's." This growth in my professional knowledge may be attributed in part to the accumulation of many years of firsthand classroom experience. Far more significant, though, has been the wealth of pedagogical knowledge I've gained through my colleagues and others via professional journals, books, conferences, workshops, classroom observations, instruc - tional videos, and participation on various national, state, and local curriculum committees. I've come to see teaching art not as a solitary experience, but rather as a team sport, one in which we all have a responsibility to help each other succeed. In today's networked world, opportunities to reach across time and space to work together and learn from others has greatly expanded. This connectivity has fos - tered a heightened spirit of cooperation and collabora- tion among art teachers globally, as seen in the many art teachers who share their latest ideas, insights, and best practices through various websites, social media channels, and print publications such as SchoolArts. For students growing up in a networked world, learning to collaborate with others is considered one of the criti - cal interpersonal skills they will need to prosper in the twenty-first century workplace. A key question is: How can we best help students achieve this desired outcome through the art curriculum? One way, perhaps, is in rethinking our curriculum priorities. SchoolArts December 2018 co-editor and art educator Craig Roland. While still celebrating individualism and personal expression, this global trend calls for more attention to the social aspects of learning in the art curriculum by offering structured projects and activities in which students work together to achieve a common goal. Doing so creates a richer, more diverse classroom environment within which students actively learn from each other as well as on their own. The authors featured in this issue of SchoolArts each show in their own special way how collaboration became a key aspect of their classroom practice. Visit Follow me on

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