tscanlin.edu wrote: > > ArtsEdNet readers, > Craig Roland posted the following (snip) in response to Bob Greaves > earlier comment about the "Disney-ization" of children's literature: > > > This will probably stir up a can of worms but it is something which > >has been concerning me for some time. With the internationalization > >of everything comes the Disneyization of children's litereature > >illustrations (and text). . .snip . . .There is the other point too that > >the >Disney style , like so many introduced species, (ecologically > >speaking) thrives >at the expense of the native variety! (Greaves quote) > > It's a sunny sunday morning here in Florida "land of Micky, Donald and > Goofy" and I couldn't help from briefly commenting on Bob's message. I too > find it troublesome that this "Disneyization" Bob speaks of is infiltrating > other aspects of our culture...beyond children's literature. (Roland quote) > > I find this topic very intriguing. It brings to mind the impact of > any popular media on the mind/imagination of not only the child but anyone > in our culture. How many of your have had, at various times through the > years, Charlie Browns and Snoopys, Garfields, X-men, Ninja Turtles, Power > Rangers, etc., as main characters or only characters in drawings/paintings? > Or have mothers tell you that their children drew "so well!" and then show > your drawings of pop culture icons. I would like to read other's comments > about the impact of popular culture on artistic statements, whether by > children, young adults, or adults. > > Tommye Scanlin > Professor of Art > North Georgia College and State University > Dahlonega, GA 30597
George Szekely (if I am reading him correctly) embraces these pop icons
as the children's culture and encourages his students to utilize these
images in their work. I found it easier to talk to kids about
Renaissance artists after their names became familiar through the Ninja
Turtles. Use what they know as a bridge to what you want them to
know--it will exercise both the teacher's and the student's creativity.