I'm glad he wants you to avoid the trite symbols.
Rather than suggest a theme, let me suggest that
students do research into individuals, families or events
that evoke emotion. Have them indetify the issues
and concerns involved. Have them make lists of all the words
that might help explain the event or issue. If they could meet
with and talk to and listen to an "old" individual who had been
there and done that it would be best. So far I have not
mentioned art. Art is about caring and understanding and
then transmitting feelings to others. For media I would
suggest collage, it is so flexible and allows students with
few drawing skills to express themselves. I hope this is making
some sense. Let us know what you develop.
Not Jewish in KC, Peace, Woody
Laraine Galloway wrote:
> Ok I would like to throw out something to anyone who
> wants to respond. I teach in a Jewish school (k-8).
> The principal wants all art work done from Aug.-Jan.
> to be of the theme of Jerusalem. (they are having
> their anniversary of recapturing Jerusalem). I an NOT
> Jewish, have never been to Israel. Any ideas of
> Jerusalem themed projects? He doesn't want kiddish
> cups, menorahs, dreidels etc. He wants art
> commemorating/honoring the city of Jerusalem. Last
> year I had the little kids make models of the Kotel
> (Western Wall) from joint compound mixed w/sawdust and
> or sand then spread on mat board. blocks were formed
> using craft sticks and we stuck small rocksd and
> greenery in the seams of the formed blocks. I need
> some new ideas on this theme though. Any ideas?
> Thanks, (Shalom) Laraine