Chapter 4. Arts Education and the New Media. Standards-based Arts Education and the New Media.
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Art teachers everywhere are trying to develop curricula that support the National Standards for Arts Education and to help their students achieve/build relationships to art that expressed to them or captivates them
This Chapter will consider how the New Media can be used to support arts education represented in the National Standards
The New Media bring an enormous wealth of resources
§ Such as: Virtual Museums and Conversations with living artists about their work(s)
§ *Important Point*: In order for the resources to be accessible to students they have to be identified, located, and evaluated, and a meaningful context for them must be provided by the assignment and activities designed by teachers
§ Although there are these resources, teachers still have to prepare the ground, guide the interpretation of events, and make sure all their students get a chance to learn what they need
The New Media offer opportunities for opening the pleasures of art to new audiences.
There is a generation gap when perceiving these new media as a source of pleasure
For instance: an adult can get pleasure out of reading a great novel or watching a classic movie, while teenagers can get pleasure out of listening to their favorite rock band or playing their favorite video game
All the pleasures brought by all of the examples above are real enough and considered art
If the life-long ability to enjoy the arts, to perceive ourselves more deeply through them, and to enhance the quality of our lives is truly one of the main goals of arts education, then the pleasures brought by the new media have to be taken seriously
For example: some students believe they are not artists or that are not interested in art, would love to make a music video or computer game to express their feelings about their music or their world
The students whose interests might have flowered with this media will be silenced again, and traditional media will come about
In traditional media, the potential of a real audience, helps students to face these tensions and motivates them to learn how to becomes more harmonious in their collaboration because something real is at stake for them
The New Media provide an amazing set of composition tools
Such as: graphics programs, painting with electronic tools, the electronic “place” where images come together, etc.
The medium allows some students, especially those with physical challenges to overcome, to express themselves in new and welcome ways...for others it is the ability to integrate pictures and sounds which makes it interesting
Specific Way these tools might be integrated into the middle or high school art classroom are:
Storyboarding: Graphic tools help the students focus on a careful planning of a larger, collaborative work, such as making a story
Storytelling: Graphics programs are tools for multimedia storytelling because students infuse meaning through what they do with digital images and pictures, which can be imported into a program like Powerpoint
Family Portraits: Power Goo allows students to scan a family photo and construct a composite image
Animation vs. Cartooning: Digital tools make it interesting and easy to explore differences between genres of artwork
Transformations: Digital medium makes it easy to create collages from “focused objects” in digital form, whether scanned in photographs or pictures made by artists
Visual Literacy: Digital medium lends itself to classroom work in visual literacy skills
Such as: VizAbility which covers six topics: imaging, seeing, drawing, diagramming, environment, and culture
The arts education standards stress the importance of helping students understand the relationship between art and culture, between the particular contributions made by the diverse cultural groups and the effect of cultural traditions and values on the life of art
The New York City standards stress the importance of teaching students how art gives voice to communities, preserves a community’s collective memory, and allows students to transmit their cultural inheritance
As I said before, The New Media provide an enormous amount of resources designed to let students explore everything
The primary value for access to these treasures of life is the Internet, which provides priceless resources for the arts educators