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>So, facepainting is, or at least may be, a viable consideration. If it is
>a consideration then what are its aesthetics? Is it just little suns and
>moons? Is it a tattoo substitute? (a lot of historical culture there)
>Is it part, or potentially part, of contemporary culture? What would I
>want to have painted on my face? Does it express part of my personal
>identity? Is that aspect important? Is it important in k-6 or k-12? Where
>do we want to go with it? What's going to make it "art"?
For me, when I read Bob's question about the validity of face painting and
how it doesn't really involve the person painted, I found myself thinking
very much along the lines of masks and theater and roleplaying. Think of
the times you have gone to a costume party - doesn't the ability to "hide"
behind another face, change our perception of self? Doesn't it change our
way of functioning in a group? In that respect, it very much involves the
person being painted - it is the vision of the artist but the subject
brings the artwork to life.
I like Henry's link to tatto and body adornment, which is a link to many
different tribal cultures - good job, henry!!