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Inner West Courier

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Don't throw art on canvas

Rashell Habib subjects. "If you don't have artists then we
"When I started teaching in 1987 run the risk of losing that social con-
YOUNG people's education will suffer it was very much about me, myself, sciousness and our ability to see our
if visual arts is no longer a stand-alone my experience and how I respond to world in different ways," she said.
subject on the national curriculum, an things," Ms Maras said. "The Federal Government is saying
Inner West lecturer warns. "Now it's about developing a point to us that we just do the same things
Karen Maras, a senior education of view, looking at making work for as music, dance and drama," she said.
lecturer at the Australian Catholic audiences, developing intentions as "I challenge anyone to try to get me
University in Strathfield, is con- artists. Students are learning a lot of to sing a song."
cerned about an initial advice paper skills balanced with learning how to She said if the new national curric-
released by the Federal Government think as artists and critics." ulum was adopted, children would
last month. Ms Maras said the proposed curric- be robbed of learning the skills and
She said visual arts was being left ulum would see the quality of visual techniques that allowed for varied
behind in the national curriculum arts education go backwards. points of views.
which would mould visual arts, mu- She said art was not just about cre- "If we don't get the right time with
sic, dance, drama and media studies ating pretty pictures but served as students and the right curriculum,
into one mandatory field from kin- a form of social commentary and you have to wonder where the artists
dergarten to Year 8. This would see worked as a visual history for future of the future will come from."
two hours a week spent on all five generations.

The Australian Catholic University's lecturer Karen Maras with Cutting Edge by student Clare Walker

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