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Re: [teacherartexchange] Creativity In Art Assignments

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From: Darren High (darren_high_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Jul 01 2005 - 12:05:40 PDT


Spring flowers and butterflies are essentially symbols
of rebirth since they are bright and colorful signs of
a new season that follows winter where many flowers
and animals die. I'm sure you could come up with some
lessons involving flowers or butterflies without ever
having to mention Jesus.

--- david gran <dsgran@yahoo.com> wrote:

>
> I understand your point, but regardless of its
> origins, the Easter Holiday is entirely a major part
> of the Christian religion. I 'd be hard pressed to
> come up with a lesson about 'rebirth', especially
> around Easter, that didn't take on a religious
> significance.
>
> --- Darren High <darren_high@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> > Rebirth around Easter is symbolic of the spring
> > coming
> > after winter. After a long period of "death" when
> > flowers and plants are dead or covered with snow,
> > they
> > then awaken in the spring with blooming flowers
> and
> > leaves on the trees. Also spring usually involves
> > the
> > birth of various animals who were hibernating
> > through
> > the winter months. Christianity and the
> > resurrection
> > of Christ does tie into that, but the spring and
> > Easter celebrations of rebirth predate the birth
> of
> > Christ by hundreds of years.
> >
> >
> > --- david gran <dsgran@yahoo.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Themes of peace are good anytime of year, not
> just
> > > at
> > > Christmas. However, themes of rebirth around
> > easter
> > > will likely feel a bit marginalizing to your
> > > non-christian students.
> > >
> > >
> > > --- Darren High <darren_high@yahoo.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > The holidays are part of our culture, but art
> > > > projects
> > > > depicting seasonal elements associated with
> > > holidays
> > > > (Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, etc.) then become
> > > > essential holiday decorations and are not
> > > something
> > > > that would be displayed throughout the year.
> > Most
> > > > of
> > > > us view Christmas as an important part of our
> > > > culture,
> > > > but I doubt any of us have paintings of Santa
> > > Claus
> > > > up
> > > > year around.
> > > >
> > > > You can use those holidays as springboards to
> > art
> > > > that
> > > > uses the concepts of celebrations to create
> > > artwork
> > > > that would not seem seasonal. For example, a
> > work
> > > > involving the concept of peace for Christmas,
> a
> > > > nightmare/fear for Halloween, love for
> > Valentine's
> > > > Day, rebirth for Easter, freedom for Black
> > History
> > > > Month, etc. For St. Patrick's Day you could
> > have
> > > > them
> > > > do a monochromatic painting using only green,
> > > black,
> > > > and white to depict whatever subject matter
> they
> > > > choose.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > --- "Diane C. Gregory"
> > > <dianegregory@grandecom.net>
> > > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Interesting discussion on creativity.
> > > > >
> > > > > What about looking at seasonal or holiday
> > > objects
> > > > as
> > > > > artifacts of culture. I do
> > > > > know that in the past, art educators have
> > > usually
> > > > > thought of holiday art as
> > > > > trivial and trite, without much merit.
> > However,
> > > > in
> > > > > more recent times, some
> > > > > have advocated looking at holidays as
> examples
> > > of
> > > > > tradition, celebration, which
> > > > > have an important place in the lives of
> > > children.
> > > > > Laura Chapman in her book
> > > > > Approaches to Art in Education advocated
> > looking
> > > > at
> > > > > holidays, traditions and
> > > > > celebrations as a way to look at art and
> > > culture.
> > > > > Maybe we have been
> > > > > overlooking an important opportunity to
> > > understand
> > > > > our own culture and the
> > > > > culture of others. Taking a value
> pluralistic
> > > > > stance, might be appropriate
> > > > > when looking at cultural artifacts. The
> > entire
> > > > > discussion really centers
> > > > > around what the purpose of an education in
> art
> > > is.
> > > >
> > > > > It seems there are
> > > > > differing assumptions about what that is or
> > what
> > > > > that entails. It is
> > > > > fascinating to watch the changes unfold over
> > > time.
> > > > >
> > > > > Diane
> > > > > --
> > > > > Dr. Diane C. Gregory
> > > > > Director, Undergraduate & Graduate
> > > > > Studies in Art Education
> > > > > Texas Woman's University
> > > > > Denton, TX 76204
> > > > > dgregory@mail.twu.edu
> > > > > 940-898-2540
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > Quoting Darren High <darren_high@yahoo.com>:
> > > > >
> > > > > > My problem with creating artwork tightly
> > > > > associated
> > > > > > with holidays is that the art then simply
> > > > becomes
> > > > > a
> > > > > > seasonal decoration. Most people do not
> > keep
> > > > > artwork
> > > > > > depicting Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny,
> or
> > > jack
> > > > > > o'lanterns on display throughout the year.
>
> > > That
> > > > > stuff
> > > > > > seems appropriate only a few weeks out of
> > the
> > > > > year.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > I think you could have projects that sort
> of
> > > tie
> > > > > into
> > > > > > seasonal events, but would also be able to
> > be
> > > > > > displayed throughout the year. For
> example,
> > > > > Easter
> > > > > > has it's pre-Christian roots in Pagan
> > > > celebrations
> > > > > of
> > > > > > fertility and rebirth symbolized by
> spring,
> > so
> > > > an
> > > > > > assignment involving flowers would seem to
> > fit
> > > > > nicely
> > > > > > without seeming too seasonal. For
> > Christmas,
> > > > they
> > > > > > could create images of a favorite toys
> which
> > > > could
> > > > > > possibly tie into a pop art lesson. For
> > > > Halloween
> > > > > > they could create a picture based on a
> > > nightmare
> > > > > or
> > > > > > something they fear (such as spiders,
> > snakes,
> > > > > sharks,
> > > > > > etc.).
> > > > > >
>
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