My students this year are obsessed with Yu-Gi-Oh!
I did a bit of research and watched the program.
I found it full of action and it was not violent, in fact the stories have
morals to them.
There was a wonderful story providing many facts on Japenese Anime in the
children's version of the NAtional Geographic-My principal was impressed that
I was able to use this opportunity to turn the art class into a language arts
class in order to help support our teachers prepare for what in Florida we
call the FCAT tests.
There is a dragon called the blue eyed white dragon that all the kids are
I even allow for tracing, after all a favorite NY arist, Roy Lichtenstein
made a fortune with tracing so who am I to tell a child that tracing is
wrong. I do however reinforce that tracing limits ones drawing abilities and
that Lichtenstein was also very good at drawing free-hand.
In regard to someone's post on Murals-my students are learning about "Wyland"
who I personally find a bit pretensious, but the students are impressed with
his crusade to paint 100 murals in order to raise awareness of our oceans
plight as well as stuff his pockets with cash.
I have a large population of students from Mexico, it was crucial for me to
teach them about Frida Kahlo as I am attempting to break a cetain group of
talented mexican girls of their parents old fashioned traditions as did
Kahlo, in order for them to believe in their own abilities and take advantage
of the American way.
hope this helps