Thank you for all the responses about my "holiday art" query.
What I've found most useful in the replies to my request, are all the
ideas for promoting art education in a positive way so that such ignorant
requests will no longer be a problem. The clear problem I have presented,
is that people who are not art educated simply do not understand that some
of the things that they want me to do, undermine and de-emphasize what arts
education is about. If I consistently and firmly (but gently), communicate
my purpose as an art educator, to my colleagues, I believe they will come to
understand and appreciate my place in the educational community.