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Re: Drawing

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Mon, 07 Dec 1998 04:08:30 -0500

> I'm also wondering how much of the ribbon sky relates to their own
> experiences of the outdoors. There are so few places anymore where kids
> can actually see a horizon. How many kids get to see a wilderness
> sunrise or sunset? The only time they go outside to play is in nice
> "blue sky" weather. They are surrounded by architecture and the sky is
> "UP." Do kids who live on farms or near the shore do this less than
> urban/suburban kids?

No, I teach at a small rural school that is out in the midst of rolling
farm fields. In one of the small communities there is a beautiful view
from the main road of the distant Adirondack mountains along the
horizon. I'm forever stopping to take photos of the various sky
conditions. But my students - even a few senior high, still resort to
their child-like perceptions of the sky as a strip along the top of the
paper, and either the ground right along the bottom, or worse yet,
buildings or other stuff on the very edge of the paper, with no ground
under or behind them.

But, if one takes the time to develop some activities to help students
see that the sky is more than just blue and that it comes all the way
down and touches the earth, it certainly does help. It just seems to
need constant reinforcing.

Sandra Hildreth
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