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> From: Artemis420 [Artemis420]
> You all know that almost all boys do this kind of art when given
> free choice;
> certainly in my classes in this country and even those who have
> only, maybe,
> seen it on TV.
Artie, I'm surprised!!
Are you implying that the artistic representation of these children's war
experiences have no more validity, or significance, than the GI Joe drawings
of a child who has never experienced the horrors and violence of war first
hand? Who has never lost family members, sometimes whole families, to land
mines, sniper fire, missile attacks?
I'm sorry, but I have a book of such art work, from South America if memory
serves, perhaps Palestine, where children risked their lives just walking to
school and didn't always know for sure if their home would still be there
when school let out. These children live in a state of constant fear,
uncertainty, and sometimes pain from injuries to themselves.
Yes, I used to draw such things as you talk about when I was young and
watched TV shows like "Combat", and there is a marked difference between
what I drew and what the children drew in the book I mention above. The
psychological and emotional damage cannot help but show through. There are
no birds in the skies; only bombs falling on neighbors and friends. The
predominance of adult figures are not hugging children lovingly, but guns
instead. Mommy is not shown smiling and holding flowers, but lying on the
ground bleeding and holding a gaping hole or a baby sister or brother.
Yes, kids draw stuff like this in our classrooms - *in this country* - but
look at the art work of children from countries other than this one. This
is the point of intercultural understanding and appreciation.
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