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Re: Holiday Art

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Mcracker (Mcracker)
Mon, 6 Apr 1998 14:24:23 EDT

Just a fleeting thought (they all seem to do that lately...) about holiday
art. I remember being tremendously impressed with Ellen Dissanayake's book ,
What is Art For ? and it seems to me that a portion of her theory had to do
with the idea that the arts are a necessitiy in human life because we use
them to make certain very important events (necessary events, such as puberty,
birth, death, mating, etc.) more "special" by surrounding them with the arts.
Isn't this what we have done to mark our holidays? I haven't done any holiday
art for years in my classroom, but its because (in part anyway) I teach Middle
School and in a seven week rotation there is no time to do much of anything. I
can't check D's book because its at school and I'm home -- am I off base in my
memory of her theory?

Marcia Thompson