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On Sun, 05 Apr 1998 17:14:11 wendy sauls <wsauls> writes:
>At 11:29 PM 4/3/98 -0500, xxxxxx wrote:
>>why are many postings tied to holiday art? Aren't we at the end of
>>trying to free ourselves from "holiday art" and the like. Let the
>>classroom teachers dish
>>out that stuff. It ain't for me. How do the rest of you feel ?
>i'd like to hear more about this, too. one one hand, i definitely
>want to be stuck making bunny ears or crosses out of construction
>this easter. lame holiday projects are the pits. i've also read
>using holidays as the only time to introduce traditions from other
>cultures is implying the cultures' only contributions are fun and
>games/frills type stuff; this criticism makes sense to me. i have also
>appalled, in the past as a student and now as a teacher, at how others
>assume everyone is Christian and wants to celebrate Christianity.
>on the other hand, though, holidays can be lots of FUN and it
>seems we are lacking in this at school. at our school last year
>school) halloween was "banned" - no costumes or make up were allowed
>supposedly because it was too distracting. i thought this was a huge
>bummer. i have also been intrigued to learn about and share the
>some holidays with my kids. st. patrick's day, for example - everyone
>wears green, but does anyone know why? to me its a little disturbing
>we all participate in something few of us understand or bother to
>about. holidays pose a little critical thinking opportunity...there
>some excellent web resources for "real" holiday info.
>in addition, i feel like a dazed moth in my strong attraction to cool
>holiday art traditions from non modern mainstream usa. some examples
>the art of pysanky, sort of like batik engraving for eggs (awesome web
>sites!), the dias de los muertos figures, chinese new year dragon
>i would love to hear if/how others struggle with these issues and what
>solutions have been found!
>Art Teacher, Kanapaha Middle School, Gainesville, FL
>Doctoral Student, Art Education, Florida State University
>home page: http://grove.ufl.edu/~c4930cqs/home.html
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