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[teacherartexchange] REALLY! Elephant paints self-portrait


From: Juli Fraher (fraherjul_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Apr 09 2008 - 10:36:45 PDT

You never see the trainers of the elephants so I think they are cueing
them in some way or have gone over it many times. It is a good
springboard for my 6th grade discussions on whether animals are artists.
We always have lively discussions on that topic.

Juli Fraher
Pontiac Junior High School
600 Morrow St.
Pontiac, IL 61764
"Art teaches nothing except the significance of life." -Henry Miller


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TEACHERARTEXCHANGE Digest for Tuesday, April 08, 2008.

1. special project
2. REALLY! Elephant paints self-portrait
3. Re: REALLY! Elephant paints self-portrait
4. International Children's ART Exhibition in Thailand


Subject: special project
From: "Karen Chilman" <>
Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2008 09:48:06 -0400
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The language arts teacher and I are working on a collaborative project
that we could use your help.

We are collecting recipes, funny or touching stories from your
classroom, your favorite quotes, and /or important advice you would give
to parents.

If you send a recipe, it would be preferable if it were one that is a
favorite in your area of the country.

You can e-mail me off list at or

We look forward to hearing from you soon. Please include where you
teach and how long you've been teaching.

You could forward this to your language persons as well.

Thanks for your time.

kc in Indiana


Subject: REALLY! Elephant paints self-portrait
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2008 21:53:13 EDT
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Subject: Re: REALLY! Elephant paints self-portrait
From: Marvin Bartel <>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2008 23:55:12 -0400
X-Message-Number: 3

Thanks for sharing this.

It is a video where we see the elephants drawing and painting to
entertain tourists in Thailand.

How do we imagine their trainers taught them?

My guess is that they use step-by-step art lessons. They use the
standard behavior management teaching practices written about by B. F.
Skinner who also invented teaching machines. I am sad to observe that
these method also describe what some teachers are using in our schools.
This is teaching for the test and to cover content standards.

If I allow kids to do copying, work from drawing formulas, if I show
them how things should look, if I show examples before the lesson, if I
make suggestions, etc., am I using appropriate methods for training
obedient animals to perform tricks to impress an onlooker? Kids love to
please me if it gets the candy coated praise rewards. Even others who
have not learned the tricks will praise them. This is behavior
management to please the expert, the tourist, etc.

I would rather see kids learn to think on their own by creating their
own art in response to their own ideas and concerns. Can I teach and
reward idea generation, experimentation techniques, imagination rather
than imitation, and honest observation skills? Can I reward independent
thinking and avoid teaching for tests that only test the ability to
parrot things back.

Next time students come to me for suggestions on how to improve their
artwork, can I ask them a thinking question about the artwork instead of
giving them my ideas about how it should look? Can I ask them to try an
experiment that would help them learn to figure out or discover which
way to solve the problem. Can humans become independent thinkers who
are able to draw well because they have had an art teacher that has
shared the secrets of learning to see, observe, and express---not
because they were trained on some how-it-should-look drawing formulas?


Marvin Bartel, Ed.D., Professor of Art Emeritus
Adjunct Instructor in Art Education
Goshen College, 1700 South Main, Goshen IN 46526
studio phone: 574-533-0171

"Art is me when I am myself." ... a kindergarten girl when asked, "What
is art?"
"You can't never know how to do it before you never did it before." ...
a kindergarten boy working with clay for the first time.


Subject: International Children's ART Exhibition in Thailand
From: "Yuvabadhana Foundation" <>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2008 12:33:10 +0700
X-Message-Number: 4

April 9, 2008

Dear Art Teachers:

This year, 2008, Yuvabadhana Foundation is going to host the 12th A
World United through ART in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. We would like to
invite all children who are under 18 from all over the world, to join us
by painting on the theme 'Colors from MY Land.' and also send them to
the YUVABADHANA FOUNDATION in Thailand. We then will exhibit them
along with others from various countries on the theme 'Colors from MANY
Lands.' Would you please be so kind to extend our invitation to as many
schools and children as possible? Would you please invite children in
your country to bring COLORS from YOUR land to be exhibited together
with others in Thailand, as to celebrate the 12th A World United through
ART in 2008?

The exhibition will be at two locations, one at the Queens Gallery in
Bangkok and the other at Chiang Mai University Gallery in Chiang Mai.
Our exhibition will include paintings from children within Thailand
(from our childrens art competition on the theme Colors from MY
Land), from abroad (from those who are interested in this exhibition)
on the same theme, and our IMAIM project which includes the lowly/
unprivileged/ deprived children (mentally retarded, physically detained,
or simply poor).

Our opening ceremony will be at the Queens Gallery on Sunday, October
19, 2008.

Thank you for your kind attention. I do hope that together we would
help children learn to love and appreciate their own lands through their
art works. I am certain that the children would preserve what they love
and treasure.

Lets help exhibit the colors from MANY lands in Thailand in 2008, and
keep our beautiful world united through ART and heARTs forever.
Sincerely yours,

Churaipon C. Klaijumlang, Ph.D.
Director of Yuvabadhana Foundation

One Premier Corporate Park
Soi Premier 2, Srinakarin Road
Prawet, Bangkok, Thailand 10250

Phone: 66-2-301 1437
Fax: 66-2301 1439

Its a beautiful world! Lets come and see it through our childrens

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