Heritage, 2011, Volume 1 Page: 20
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TECHN TEA HITOY
irepa rly rulure L eiiUe d(i ilb By D. Jack Davis, Ph.D.
To foster respect and appreciation for
the cultural and historical contributions
of early Texas artists, educators within
the art community recognized the
importance of incorporating these cre-
ative men and women and their work
into a student's educational experience.
Towards that end, the North Texas
Institute for Educators on the Visual
Arts (NTIEVA), in partnership with
CASETA, the Texas A&M Research
Foundation, and the Texas Education
Agency, developed curriculum materials
and conducted teacher workshops cen-
tered on the work of early Texas art and
This first collaborative effort produced
three grade-specific courses of instruc-
tion on the significance and impact of
Texas art and artists prior to 1965. All
materials and activities were correlated
with the Texas Essential Knowledge and
Skills (TEKS) in art, as well as in other
subject areas. In this way, the units could
be integrated into a comprehensive class-
room curriculum. The Texas Skies pro-
gram is designed for early childhood
(kindergarten) students; Dignity of Work
targets the upper elementary grades, and
a third unit, Visions of Texas, is geared
toward the middle school student.
Each unit of instruction has a differ-
ent theme and identifies specific con-
cepts to be developed. All three offer a
variety of lessons that incorporate a
comprehensive approach to teaching
and learning in the arts, one that
embraces more than just hands-on or
studio-based activities by including
art history, criticism, and aesthetics.
Texas Skies focuses on the notion that
artists can tell a story through universal
human experience. Specific concepts
developed in the unit include: artists use
color to represent and tell stories about
weather conditions and emotions; the
story an artist is telling is based on obser-
vations of the environment and past
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