Author: Katie DeMeo
Location: Easton, MA
I am an education student at Stonehill College who has been asked to read george Szekely's film script entitled "Teaching Students to Become Independent Artists".
When I first began reading this article I was racking my brain trying to figure out how I would respond to it. Then it struck me that everything I had been learning in my curriculum and methods classes was being completely ignored and contradicted by Szekely's early instructors. For one thing, instead of scaffolding the student's learning and being the student's facilitator, the teachers were deaminding that certain assignments be done for all students, no matter what their skill levels.
Then I came across this quote from Szekely, who stated that "In our school art class chidlren's art never existed. We were adults in training, learning the genuine art of other adults" (Szekely, 2005, screen title 2). This lead me to believe that not only were Szekely's teachers neglecting to facilitate and scaffold their student's learning, but they also knew nothing about the stages of children's art development. It is no wonder that Szekely was so discouraged- his teachers were asking him to perform tasks that he was not developmentally ready to do.