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Re: art history

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Christine Merriam (
Sun, 21 Feb 1999 14:20:14 -0700

<< Would anybody like to tell me why art history is important in teaching
art? >>

Last weekend I was talking to my sister and my nephew describing a lesson I
teach about the history and art of Mexico.
My nephew said "Wow!! You teach about art, not just make stuff!" Apparently
he had a less than positive experience in his last art class.

My own 2 cents.... art history gives us "the context" of the people places,
times etc that influence the creation of art. This can make ones understanding
and appreciation of it much richer. Another personal quirk of mine is the
fascination I have with the visual connections I see between many different
ancient cultures, and art history answers many questions I come up with....
like, is it a coincidence that people in Asia and Central America use many of
the same symbols and the stories or myths behind them are so similar?

Christine Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School