I am working on a project for the subject of animals in art and animals and
education. I am wondering if any of you have any thoughts on how animals have
been portrayed in western art and how those "portraits" show our societies
view of art. I am planning on exploring this with my art students as soon as I
research it more. I am interested in the controversy of animals as beings who
serve humans versus animals who have their own worth and value and right to be
regardless of humans and how art has illustrated these positions.
While we are on the subject, I wonder do many of you run into many teachers
who believe it is wrong to have animals in their classrooms? I know it is a
common practice to have them, but I have yet to meet a teacher who publicly
said he or she would not allow such a practice in their room based on their
own moral beliefs.