Are “Guided” Art Projects OK?

Art vs. Craft in the classroom

Yesterday I posted about arts integration, and how it is a pedagogical journey. One of the issues raised was the role of “guided” art projects in the classroom.

The question at hand: Is it OK to assign the kids a subject and give them step by step directions?

In my previous post the answer was yes, but I noted that not all guided projects are created equal. I see them falling along a continuum. At one end, you have something like this:

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