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Cynthia A Lundy (clundy)
Wed, 10 Dec 1997 12:32:53 -0700 (MST)

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To Kate and Ron Hirschi
good point about wet lands in Arizona instead of focusing on arid lands
to intrigue students. It's true that arizona has wet lands in
surrounding areas of Tucson, Phoenic, etc. It's good to teach kids about
the diverse land in one particular state. However, the major cities in
Arizona are right in the middle of dry, desert land and that's why our
lesson plans and comments center around that issue. Water is probably
the most vital issue for our cities. Planting trees is not an issue for
us. In fact, it's incouraged to have desert landscapes in our front &
backyards. It may sound boring, but it's life here.


On Sun, 7 Dec 1997, artsednet-digest wrote:

> artsednet-digest Sunday, December 7 1997 Volume 02 : Number 496
> This edition includes :
> RE: Enderle Family History
> Re: Looking for some info.....
> A&E -- to Arizonans
> A&E -- To all who are working on water projects
> Re:Re:artsednet-digest V2 #428 - "Demolished school and murals:("
> Re:art exchange
> Re:A&E.A What ecological issues are important in your community?
> Re:A&E.T (reply to Barbara Justiss)
> Re:trees, birdhouses, campus ecology, ect.
> A&E.A: Our Issue
> Re:A&E.A (reply to Susan Stinson)
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> Date: Sun, 7 Dec 1997 11:57:51 -0800 (PST)
> From: SPSC2000
> Subject: RE: Enderle Family History
> Dear Melissa Enderle--
> We are currently researching the Enderle family history and would like to get some background on you (ancestry) to determine our relationships. We will be hosting an Enderle Family Reunion in Frankenmuth, MI on May 9, 1998.
> R Enderle
> ------------------------------
> Date: Sun, 7 Dec 1997 19:11:47 -0500
> From: kate/Ron Hirschi <gresham.10>
> Subject: Re: Looking for some info.....
> To Carol Raynis:
> Among my many journals is a "Day Book" published by Methuen. It features
> the delicate, sometimes detailed, sometimes just catching the essence - of
> plants. Animals too, but I am drawn to the botanical images of the artist,
> Aleta Karstad. I also love the work of Barbara Bash -- was first introduced
> to her illustrations for TIGER LILLIES, written by Elizabeth Ring
> (illustrations of plants with animal names). What other wildlife artists
> are you interested in tracking down? The Gylfoyle Report can put you in
> touch with many.
> Ron Hirschi
> ------------------------------
> Date: Sun, 7 Dec 1997 19:30:30 -0500
> From: kate/Ron Hirschi <gresham.10>
> Subject: A&E -- to Arizonans
> Several of you have made the comment that the desert is a focus for your
> efforts. Not that it isn't vital, interesting, and important - but your
> areas have some of the most critically important wetland habitats that
> might just hook many kids.
> I hate to say this, but many kids find forests, prairies, and deserts
> extremely boring. Or, perhaps it is simply that many more kids find water
> and wet places so much more inviting.
> That is reflected in attraction to wet places by other species. For
> example, in your most arid places, many typically forest dwelling animals
> are only found in riparian habitat -- that narrow strip of cottonwood and
> willow threading along rivers, streams, small ponds. Even where there are
> forests, the narrow strip of wet loving trees shelters and nourishes more
> than twice the number of animals as nearby, drier woods.
> For all interested in conserving Tuscon water, riparian study/protection/
> attention might lead you to some interesting stuff. As the Colorado goes
> dry so goes the cottonwood. Or is it, as the cottonwoods go dry so goes the
> Colorado? I don't remember the amount of acres and river miles, but the
> devastation of Arizona riparian habitat ranks up there with devastation (by
> percent of original area) with the worst of rainforest destruction.
> Actually, this is true nationally since our ribbons of precious riparian
> woods have been hammered everywhere. Worse, in many places, they are now
> the target of harvest. And, it is the very few trees lining riverbanks that
> help the stream be a stream.
> In art, this is best shown by Giono in his account of a tree planter who,
> by planting thousands of trees, brings a stream back from the dead. In
> reality, dozens of Trout Unlimited Chapters, Fish and Wildlife Agencies,
> and concerned ranchers and other landowners have used this simple tool to
> bring water back to life.
> I urge you all to get wet
> Ron Hirschi
> ------------------------------
> Date: Sun, 7 Dec 1997 19:31:01 -0500
> From: kate/Ron Hirschi <gresham.10>
> Subject: A&E -- To all who are working on water projects
> I just came back from the Dungeness River and learned how to make a GREAT
> tool for watching fish underwater!!!!! Exciting to me since I think lots of
> people disregard water quality simply because we don't spend much time
> beneath the surface.
> Anyway, the guys at the Hurd Creek Hatchery in Sequim, Washington came up
> with this waterworld viewer. Necessity pushed its invention - they needed
> something to use for watching chinook salmon without spooking them. Chinook
> are very rare. Disappearing. Soon to be on the endangered list.
> So, they took some PVC pipe, 6 inches in diameter and glued a piece of
> round glass cut to fit, into the end. On the other end, they put little
> handles (like for a periscope). You place the glass end in the water,
> holding the handles, then view through the hollow end.
> The most effective length depends on lots of things, but theirs is about 3
> feet long. Actually, they routed the inner edge of the PVC to glue in the
> glass more snugly. Plexiglass would also work.
> Ron Hirschi
> ------------------------------
> Date: Sun, 7 Dec 1997 20:06:24 -0500
> From: kate/Ron Hirschi <gresham.10>
> Subject: Re:Re:artsednet-digest V2 #428 - "Demolished school and murals:("
> Hi John,
> I think about this a lot since I go to schools that seem deeply divided,
> artistically, in terms of the displayable permanence of their kid's
> artworks. Some schools frame pieces of worthy art and keep it up there to
> impress people while others are into process - kind of playful creation to
> get kids into methods of making art I guess. I'm not a teacher so I don't
> understand a lot of stuff about motives for teaching.....
> But this doesn't affect the basic observation that kids are far more cool
> about the possessiveness of their stuff. Kids like to give things away and
> they would never create the ridiculous copyright BS adults go through.
> Maybe that is the bottom line. I like that about kids. We make things
> together and they love to give it away -- for good. Check out the
> "authentication warning" on these messages we send to one another on this
> getty deal. What is that about?
> Ron Hirschi
> On 27 October, John Gilinsky wrote:
> Thanks Ron for your thoughtfull response. I know that children often do
> not create or produce "art" for permanence. However if teachers keep this
> lack of permanency continuously in mind does this not detract from
> children's whether they be creators or peer consumers of such children
> generated art appreciation? In other words if children think and feel
> that whatever they produce is simply classroom "Junk" or worse or
> something that has to be done because their teacher says that they will
> be marked on it etc.....this surely reduces their innate like/luv etc.for
> whatever they produce or enjoy in other children's art because the
> children do NOT perceive the works as "permanent". I wonder how many
> children in the school (I think it used to be John Fisher?)have any visual
> reminder of these murals that they worked on or saw and admired? Or do
> such school corridor murals become make work projects that teachers feel
> (administration pressure?)that they must put up to visually demonstrate to
> the school community that their children are "artistic"?
> John Gilinsky
> Visual Arts Education Canada(VAEC)
> ------------------------------
> Date: Sun, 7 Dec 1997 20:06:54 -0500
> From: kate/Ron Hirschi <gresham.10>
> Subject: Re:art exchange
> Kathleen,
> I'll trade you one of my little stone halibut carvings (made from Montana
> talc/soapstone) for a really good cinnamon roll recipe.
> Ron Hirschi
> On 27 October, Kathleen Vales wrote:
> hey folks..
> does anyone know how to start a sort of art exchange through the mail, or
> would like to start an exchange,
> between students (elementary or secondary... or anyone) and a fabulous group of
> college undergrad art education students here at SUNY New Paltz. i am
> interested, (as are several other of my fellow students) in organizing this.
> it would even be fantastic if it were an internatioanl exchange. maybe it
> could integrate several schools into this project?
> anyone interested or ever created a program similar to this? maybe we could
> communicate ideas about starting one.
> Kathleen Vales
> SUNY New Paltz, student
> vales01
> ------------------------------
> Date: Sun, 7 Dec 1997 20:07:27 -0500
> From: kate/Ron Hirschi <gresham.10>
> Subject: Re:A&E.A What ecological issues are important in your community?
> Dear Bryce,
> I am very sorry to hear your loss. I love javelinas, having spent some time
> with them in Texas.....
> When a similar event happened in my homeland, I started a project called
> and identify places of natural habitat that had high significance, thinking
> that others would respond in ways to protect and maybe even restore them.
> It was a good idea in hindsight because over the years that basic project
> spawned many more good ideas including the spending of money to buy some
> places or to obtain easements for conservation.
> There are now a lot of helpful publications to give you ideas we did not
> have back then. SAVING AMERICA'S COUNTRYSIDE by Stokes is a good beginning
> for you. It is a book that documents the various ways that communities have
> saved pieces of landscape. I like the book because it helps you understand
> how your area might work since our country is so different -- I mean, what
> works in Massachusetts will not work in Tuscon..... You know what I mean.
> Anyway, if you want more information about what we did up here, let me
> know. I will try to answer questions but basically it really does take
> someone like you with love of land and its unspoken for inhabitants to save
> landscape. Nobody cares about javelinas in Washington DC.
> Ron Hirschi
> On 27 October, Bryce Downing wrote:
> The question "What ecological issues are important in your community? "
> is posed in the "Conversations About Teaching Contemporary Ecological Art"
> section of the ArtsEdNet website.
> I live in Tucson, Arizona. One ecological issue that is being discussed
> in our community is the source of our drinking water. Currently, Tucson
> receives its drinking water from underground wells. Over the past 20 years,
> the water table level for the Tucson basin area has dropped significantly.
> This has caused some concern. There are several people in our community who
> wish for us to become part of the C.A.P. water system. This system involves
> channeling water from the Colorado River. Phoenix, for example, has already
> incorporated this system. Tucson citizens will put in their vote on the
> issue Nov. 4th. The arguments and propaganda abound on our T.V.'s,
> newspapers and mailboxes. There is no doubt that the issue of the water
> source for Tucson is of great importance to the Tucson community.
> Another issue that continually arises is about the expanding
> neighborhoods in the Sabino Canyon area. Sabino Canyon has long been a
> "desert-looking" area. Recently, though, massive amounts of apartment
> building complexes have been built throughout the area, and more are on the
> way. Many environmentalists have argued for a stop to this expansion, siting
> destruction of the environment for the desert animals of the Tucson desert.
> I know that houses are needed to absorb the expanding Tucson population. I
> also live in the Sabino Canyon area. I can honestly tell you that over the
> last 10 years there has been a decrease in the amount of wild animals I see.
> 10 years ago, javelinas and coyotes could be seen on a daily basis near my
> home. I haven't seen a javelina around my home for about 5 years, coyotes
> maybe once a month. Is this a reflection on the removal of an environment
> for them to live? Personally, I'm torn on the issue. I know people need
> places to live, but I sure miss feeding the javelina apples in the
> afternoons.
> Bryce Downing
> The University of Arizona
> bmd
> Sargash
> ------------------------------
> Date: Sun, 7 Dec 1997 20:07:53 -0500
> From: kate/Ron Hirschi <gresham.10>
> Subject: Re:A&E.T (reply to Barbara Justiss)
> Barbara,
> I remember a similar experience while I was a student at the University of
> Washington in Seattle. The Forestry school actually cut down a large
> cluster of cottonwoods, not to make room for anything, but because some
> people complained about the cotton falling from the trees..... That remains
> a turning point in some of my thinking about what motivates actions on the
> part of many people. Also, it made me more aware of what we celebrate. For
> example, in Seattle, the Douglas Fir Tree is essentially the cornerstone of
> all resource value, having been the impetus for most early non-Indian
> settlement. Chances are good that you live in a house with wood from a
> Pacific Northwest Douglas Fir. Regardless, you will find no place where
> Douglas Fir trees are celebrated in Seattle. I recently pointed this out in
> a forum with a popular garden design magazine and supporters of non-native
> gardens came out of every corner to inform me that other plants were more
> worthy of attention (pretty/easy to care for/not intrusive.....).
> Apparently, people need to plant around them those trees and shrubs and
> flowers that give them pleasure, not those which grow best on a particular
> piece of land.
> One starting point for you, not necessarily younger students, would be to
> check out the work of Ian McHarg (sp?). His book, Design With Nature, was a
> great revolution for landscape planners in the 70s and most people who
> think about site specific/habitat specific planning are thinking from his
> mind.
> The basic idea from his stuff is to look at all the layers you can that
> might be obvious on a particular landscape. Soil. Native plants. History.
> Water. Wildlife..... Take all needs into account.
> With kids, at an early age, I've done some of this, using LEGOS, those
> playful building blocks. They are interesting in that you you can plug them
> in and plug them out, changing your mind. So, the deal is to let the kids
> play with the LEGOS the way they do at home, but with the challenge. The
> small landscape you may wish to play with is a forest. Use the LEGO trees
> in a set and place them in a uniform sized space, then give kids options of
> "developing" the site. Let them decide to keep or not keep the trees. The
> computer game, Simcity and Simpark does this in a more elaborate fashion.
> I'm pretty simple minded, so I still cling to ideals like that I found in
> Giono's THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES. Go out, fix the earth.....
> Ron Hirschi
> On 30 October, Barbara Justiss wrote:
> My partner and I team teach at Texas Tech University, in a
> practicum class appropriately named the ARTERY. We have been teaching a
> unit based on the concept of a TIME CAPSULE. Students produce artworks from
> a variety of time periods, and for an exhibit, they will choose artworks
> which will be placed in a TIME CAPSULE. We have been having a difficult
> time connecting the concept of the lesson with Ecological issues. It
> occurred to us, however, that the lessons had everything to do with
> ecology. The Earth could be considered a very large TIME CAPSULE and we are
> all leaving artifacts for future generations to "discover." It really all
> depends on whether or not we want them to find art or garbage as our
> legacy.
> Karen Keifer-Boyd, Ph.D.
> Texas Tech University
> Dept. of Art, Box 42081
> Lubbock, TX 79409-2081
> (806)742-3010 (phone)
> (806)742-1971 (fax)
> KarenKB (email)
> ------------------------------
> Date: Sun, 7 Dec 1997 20:08:19 -0500
> From: kate/Ron Hirschi <gresham.10>
> Subject: Re:trees, birdhouses, campus ecology, ect.
> Lynn,
> I agree partially with your ideas along the river. But, as I watch the old
> trees fall into the river naturally, I see them finding their own way into
> the overall scheme of things. So, when we place logs into the river to
> mimic this natural behaviour of trees, maybe it is just best to let the
> logs fall. They simply fall for the river, not for us and isn't that
> aesthetic you mention just for us? Maybe we can call attention from a
> distance so as not to disturb the simple acts we wish to see continue. As
> if our hands were not present.
> Ron Hirschi
> ------------------------------
> Date: Sun, 7 Dec 1997 20:08:47 -0500
> From: kate/Ron Hirschi <gresham.10>
> Subject: A&E.A: Our Issue
> Lyndsay et al,
> There's got to be some artists like Nan McNutt down south - Nan has taken
> several basic Northwest Coast Indian artforms and turned them into great
> story/design basics/activity books for elementary age kids. See her books
> as samples that might form the basis for some southwest works of your own?
> Her Button Blanket book is especially nice.
> Ron Hirschi
> On 3 November, Bryce M. Downing wrote:
> The native peoples of the Southwest have incorporated into their
> cultures a great respect and love for the environment in which they live.
> This is evident in their performance and creation of stories, rituals,
> dances and, of course, artwork.
> These same ideas can be shown to elementary school children. By
> using the traditions of the Southwestern peoples as examples, we may also
> be able to gain a similar respect for our environment. It is our goal to
> create a lesson sequence which will allow children to experience and
> understand these traditions, and, consequently, gain a greater respect for
> the world in which they live.
> If anyone has an idea, comment, or suggestion, please let us know.
> Your help would be greatly appreciated.
> The individuals in our group are: Lindsay Crelman, Anel Castro, Belia
> Camacho and Bryce Downing.
> ------------------------------
> Date: Sun, 7 Dec 1997 20:09:16 -0500
> From: kate/Ron Hirschi <gresham.10>
> Subject: Re:A&E.A (reply to Susan Stinson)
> Susan,
> One thing Mary Sheridan and I did together and with kids was/is to make
> prints using eraser stamps. I like to do this spontaneously, picking up on
> something the student is already working on. But, I've also done it as a
> way of making little postage stamps out of eraser stamps. Regardless, the
> technique is simple: Draw design on eraser, cut with exacto type knife,
> stamp.... Mary can help out with this, but I remember her saying that her
> principal looked in with fear as fairly young kids were carving with razor
> sharp knives..... How old? My daughter taught me this when she was in sixth
> grade and I cut for kids ten and under.
> Cactus are cool
> Ron Hirschi
> On 3 November, Susan Stinson wrote:
> With respect to Pickerington Elementary School by Mary Sheridan presented
> in the section"Art & Ecology
> Curriculum Integration," my thoughts are as follows:
> What intrigued me most about this particular lesson is how it brought
> together not only Pickerington
> Elementary students, staff and parents as a community but how it extended
> beyond the school environment and
> into the retired community residents, area businesses and artists in their
> efforts to save the wetlands of
> Pickerington Ponds. I think this particular lesson teaches students about
> life-centered issues such as being
> aware of the natural beauty of their surrounding environment and the
> importance of saving it from destruction.
> With respect to ecology, I believe the Pickerington project made students
> aware of the ecological habitats of
> the wetlands at Pickerington Ponds and about the various and diverse
> animal, plant and insect habitats that
> can only survive with the survival of their home - the wetlands. The
> project brought the community together
> in saving their wetland habitats. This is extremely important because
> people learn best from each other. The
> students used art, i.e., tiles, to share their awareness of the beauty of
> their surrounding environment with
> others in their community to make them aware, too, of the beauty that
> exists in their backyard. It seems the
> goal was to show the importance of the survival of the wetland habitats at
> Pickerington Ponds to continue the
> ecological systems that exist.
> Art is an important way to show awareness, especially with children.
> Children tend to speak with innocence,
> truth and beauty of what is really important in our world.
> Adaptations I would make for a future 3rd grade class in Tucson would be as
> follows:
> First, since wetlands are not a common habitat in Tucson, I would try and
> focus on the desert habitats in
> relation to the destruction is faces with urbanization (the numerous home
> subdivisions that are replacing the
> desert habitats). I think a good way to introduce such a unit would be to
> include various literature, poety
> which discuss the importance of not disrupting desert eco-systems and
> discuss what can happen to the plant,
> animal and insect life if their natural habitats are destroyed. Likewise,
> I would like to create art journals
> and have students do research and use their senses to describe the various
> aspects of the desert eco-systems.
> I would also arrange various guest speakers to talk with my students and
> discuss possible options for
> community involvement to make them aware of the situation at hand. For
> example, maybe do a print making
> project and create notepaper or cards with desert designs and sell as a
> fundraiser to protect the desert
> habitats. Field trips are also important for hands-on experiences. Any
> other suggestions?
> Susan Stinson
> ------------------------------
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