Category Archives: Past Artist Teacher Blogs

Past Artist Teacher Blogs done while at UWS

Where do we find Story in Curriculum and why is it important?

Where do we find a story? It is not something we often think about. When we walk down the sidewalk how do we interpret those advertisements we see? How do we learn to look at the world around us and make enough sense of it to know when we are in danger? To know when we are safe. Everything around us tells a story and those stories change as we use our own history to interpret them. How important is it to be able to create, interpret or rewrite a visual story? Does this learning have a relevant place in our children's education? Art class is a visual literacy class of great relevance to our being. "Analyzing and interpreting the data at hand" in what Rolling refers to as "narrative processes",  which "tell a story that informs others of who we are, where we come from, where we are going, and what our purpose may be (Rolling, pg. 6, 2010)". The place of arts in modern education is of some controversy today. Followers of yesterday`s Knowledge Workers (Drucker, 1989) seek out STEM faculties to lead their child`s education sadly STEM faculties do not teach the children to be innovative with the information they learn. In STEM classes students learn to memorize and fear testing according to Sir Robinson (TED Conference, 2014) which in turn kills creativity and innovation. Story is also narrative and using story as a research tool is narrative inquiry. Story is often used to explore boundaries in art education. It is technique to research and search again for new meanings and understandings. Art is not a place of right and wrong answers but rather one of finding new relationships which is a necessary place in innovative practices.
Visual arts learning and the arts practices facilitate narrative inventions carrying the cargo of stories we each hold significant. (Rolling, pg.10, 2010)
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