Teacher Workshops 2000
What facet of participating in the CCC Workshops
was most useful and applicable to your teaching?
A new found (re-found) sense of creating
a new space for teaching art. Teaching doesnt have to be boring
and repetitive. Teaching is a process and an exploration and most
importantly, I feel more like an artist who teaches rather than
a teacher who chooses to teach art.
I think the selective groups were most effective because of the
closeness. The conversations were more personalized, criticisms
were accurate, and examples were very helpful to my curriculum and
me here and at Englewood.
Critiquing each others art and developing new artistic approaches
to teaching art. Understanding contemporary issues that can be used
in cultural development.
Because I am currently writing curriculum for a new class and I
want to strengthen curriculum for a class I already teach. I feel
I now have more ideas than ever to begin developing really exciting
and involved new lessons/units. I also find a greater need to explore
resources and apply them to my work as an artist and teacher.
What facet of participating in the CCC Workshops
was most interesting and enjoyable for you?
The collaborative process between fellow artist/educators. It was
incredible help to make and talk about art that can be implemented
in my classroom.
This workshop challenged my perceptions of
art from a more historical context to a context of lived experience.
The idea of collaborating with others in my field of work. I really
enjoyed meeting and getting to know other art teachers.
Originally, I enjoyed the sense of exploration, but as the project
evolved it was the critical nature of our work that kept me interested.
There was also a sense of play to the workshops -- that also kept
me interested. It felt real!
Do the CCC goals and objectives address issues
and art practices that are important in your school and community?
Yes. I would like to be part of an on-going community of teachers
to explore contemporary issues. I want to continue to investigate
contemporary issues with students. I dont want to miss the
opportunity to help students and myself.
Theyre important to me and most of our art faculty. However,
I struggle with the more representational artwork that is valued
and chosen at our local Scholastic competition. Also, many art schools
require "traditional" artwork for portfolios. AP portfolio
also seems to lean in this direction.
Being in an inner city school, apathy among students seems to be
keynote. Therefore, to engage the student to take ownership is a
major task. Once engaged, they begin to engage themselves in the
My community is trying to survive. There
is not a lot of thought about the arts, which makes the CCC project
even more valuable because it links community issues with study
I feel the curriculum [in the school I recently joined] is a hit
or miss process and many of the lessons being taught do not relate
to students or help them define their world.
Our schools and community are pretty divided.
It encompasses a very large area and economic conditions. Art can
be used to help unite the community.
Do you anticipate that the CCC Initiative
will effect your teaching in the future?
The program has enhanced my drive, determination, and knowledge.
It has taught me to read more about other artists who have art works
like the one Im trying to create.
It also taught me to research back in the past and compare work
from then and work from now.
I have examined how I have been teaching
the last few years and realized that I must change my approach in
much of what I do and expand some of my projects to evoke more introspection
as well as discussion in my classes.
The means of doing so is to review curricula so that the emphasis
is not so much on product but on engagement and ideas and aesthetics
I will not teach as many principle and element
exercises -- but rather, teach a more contemporary curriculum and
the principles and elements within the broader idea.
It has started me on questioning and dialoguing. I look at everything
differently and ask different questions than I have in the past.
It has started a new search for understanding.
I hope to incorporate the projects that other teachers developed
into my curriculum.
This initiative has already affected my teaching.
When developing lessons, I take a closer look at why Im teaching
the lesson and what affect the lesson will have on the students.
I want to challenge my students in the art room with meaningful
activities. These activities should help students understand their
world. The same concepts of CCC can also be applied to all lessons
taught in the school.
I will continue pursuing the idea of incorporating projects that
are community and contemporary based. I plan to try all of the artist
projects we did in class next year, but with more depth in my presentation
and more preparation in regard to materials.
I look forward to the web site. Also, seeing the kinds of projects
that have been developed I have been inspired to develop and do
more "fun" projects with my students. I see once again
that they can really have fun and learn a lot more at the same time.
Yes, I will abandon some projects I have used in the past. I will
replace them with projects from CCC. Hurrah.
I learned a vocabulary and a concept that
helps define my teaching.
I feel it is a matter of credibility and confidence when I can articulate
my philosophy of education and understand my motives. I was also
edified as an artist, which is an important, but overlooked, part
of my being.