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When approriate, holiday art can even be a well received learning experience
in High School. When I taught high school ceramics, one day, just before
Valentine's Day, it seemed we needed a break from our clay routine. So, I
told the (true) story to my students about how my parents, and now my
husband will not accept store bought cards. They eagerly await every
holiday to see what individual, personal work of art I will create for them.
Many of these creations are keepsakes, some are framed, it has become a
tradition in our family. I tied in the history of how valentine's day was
started, with just this sort of situation! We also, of course, discussed
good design, then we created cut paper design Valentines Day cards. They
had to have the person they were making it for in mind, so they could
personalize. The students loved it! I even have pictures of my students in
action that day, smiling ear to ear, making silly masks and jewelry with the