Note: To protect the privacy of our members, e-mail addresses have been removed from the archived messages. As a result, some links may be broken.

Find Lesson Plans on! GettyGames

Re: Jewish art- Thank you


From: Woody Duncan (wduncan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Jul 18 2001 - 09:54:00 PDT

        I did not see the theme of Jerusalem as narrow minded
until I read your last post. I thought Susan's suggestion on the
three major religions that have impacted the city was very
insightful. KU used to do an Art History course around a major
city, Paris, Moscow, Tokyo, etc., each year. I found it a very
good way to broaden the scope of the curriculum. I can even
see the nomadic nature of the Palestine culture being included.
But, now I read your words about "taboo subjects" and
"non kosher" animals and I wonder what kind of restrictions
you teach under. Children need a strong respect and understanding
for their own culture. But, at some point they will enter the real
world and they must understand and respect other cultures
as well. Please explain a little more about your teaching situation.
                                                Confused, Woody in KC

Laraine Galloway wrote:

> I agree that it is a narrow minded decision. It is not
> my call though. I have spent a few years getting in
> and out of trouble with what I have taught, said,
> presented. I stay away from taboo subjects like Greek
> mythology. I have crossed the line a few times with
> Native American art ( kachina dolls, totem poles ) and
> Egyptian art ( mummy cases, icons ). All human
> figures must be executed as dressed in a "kosher" way.
> I even ran up against painting "non kosher" animals
> in the Noah+'s Ark playground mural.

> Laraine

                I'm from Kansas,  where the voters threw out 
       the monkeys and evolution will be taught in schools again.
                      Only Kansas is flat, not the entire planet.
                       To respond to me privately via E-mail
                           click on
           put Hey Woody on the subject line so I'll read it first
  to see my watercolors go to
You are welcome to visit my Web Site at
      This E-mail message is from Artist/Teacher Woody Duncan
               Rosedale Middle School in Kansas City, Kansas
     the new URL for school is
to see the newest photos of my beautiful grandkids Tim, Tess and Tiff 
               click on      
to see a virtual field trip of KC go to
to see Rosedale's best go to