A teacher who was using the curriculum for a second year wrote this:
I have consciously chosen to focus more deeply on some of the concepts this year whereas last year I was just “trying to get through the lessons” because I thought I had to. My tunnel books came out much better this year because I have slowed down and focused on teaching some of the elements in each lesson more thoroughly.
In relationship to this statement, an article in the Denver Post about an artist, Quang Ho, whose works hang in galleries around the world, seem pertinent. He talks about isolating objects and concentrating on an element of the object – maybe its color, shape or line, rather than on everything about the object. He shared thoughts on several master artists, whose greatest paintings, he believes, were done when the artist began concentrating on color for color’s sake or texture for texture’s sake – concentrating on fewer elements in their art or just one or two in one piece of art.
The teacher has chosen to concentrate more deeply on one or two concepts and believes her emphasis on certain elements has improved her students’ works. What do you think about this?