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Lesson Plans


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Patricia J. Miltner (
Fri, 28 Feb 1997 16:53:40 -0600 (CST)

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This message responds to ArtsEdNet website Curriculum Issues Seminar on
Our Place In the World, Dr.Erickson's Curriculum Resource. As I browsed
the list of themes in Activity One: Thinking About Themes, a question
came to mind initiated by a student. How is a theme different from
subject matter? She thought that subject matter was a subject that
mattered(what the art is about). The theme is the main or BIG IDEA(all
people know about this)that can travel across time and place. Would
subject matter then include still life, portrait, landscape, sensory
properties, genre???? Her example....Pippin's Holy Mountain is a
landscape, that is the subject matter, but the big idea, the theme, is
war and peace. Does anyone have other ideas as to how to explain this to

art is art is art is art is art is art is art is art is art is art is art is
Pat Miltner
Dr. Eugene Skinner Magnet Center
4304 North 33rd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68111

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