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Re: [teacherartexchange] Another ART EDUCATION article: masks and authentic multicultural studies


From: Diane C. Gregory (dianegregory_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Aug 27 2005 - 13:56:28 PDT

What a marvelous quote...When students view themselves as knowledge
producers..." Wow! yes, yes, yes....

Dr. Diane C. Gregory
Director, Undergraduate & Graduate
Studies in Art Education
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX  76204
> Ballengee-Morris, Christine, Taylor, Pamela.  "You Can Hide But You
> Can't Run: Interdisciplinary and Culturally Sensitive Approaches to
> Mask Making"  ART EDUCATION/ September 2005, pp. 12-17.
> "When students view themselves as knowledge producers, they move toward
> the first step of owning their education.  Students come into the
> classroom with knowledge, experiences, and perceptions that enrich the
> development of curriculum...democratizing the power of education to the
> learners instead of a transference philosophy..."
> "...much of what and how such topics as mask making are taught in
> classrooms is a result of a product-driven or teacher-proof curriculum.
>   In other words, relying strictly on such products as multi-cultural
> poster packages or maskmaking pachaged lesson plans to teach the art of
> other cultures without critically and creatively re-thinking and making
> the information relevant to our students' lives can be deleterious to
> say the least."
> "Forms of cultural re-representation become especially problematic and
> conflictive when the images and objects such as masks have significant,
> sacred, spiritual, or religious meanings for the social group from
> which they are appropriated or when they are used in a fashion that
> misrepresents..."
> "one of the issues...that was apparently popular was visual
> identity--looking good, fitting in, cosmetics, cosmetic surgery, and
> fear of being noticed."
> "...masks provide possibilities to transform oneself for multiple
> reasons."
> kathy douglas
> Teaching for Artistic Behavior Partnership
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