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DD is in kindergarten, and I am shocked at what the art teacher is doing - or isn't doing, depending on how you look at it.
Honestly, what they are doing every week amounts to no more than coloring. Every week they are told to draw something - yes, TOLD what to draw - such as a scarecrow, a penguin, themselves, whatever, and then they color it in. Sometimes they paint it, but it is still coloring, because they draw it first. Even the "mosaic" activity was coloring, because they DREW penguins, and then were given small paper mosaic squares to fill in the penguins, and were only given one color at a time - "Today you'll be doing the black part of your penguin."
It's awful. There is absolutely no creativity at all. The teacher herself is very, very nice and manages the class well, and it's not as though she corrects the kids - like, if a kid makes his sky red she'll say it's beautiful, not say that it should be blue - but I can't believe this woman was hired as an art teacher. She knows nothing about children making art.
Should I talk to the principal? The teacher herself? I don't want to be confrontational or make her look bad because I like her, I just think the stuff they do in there is useless, and worse, she's teaching them that this is "art."