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Re: [teacherartexchange] Creativity In Art Assignments


From: Maggie White (mwhiteaz_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Jul 01 2005 - 14:03:58 PDT

Margaret Mead said that there is a place for holiday "art" in the
curriculum, but it belongs in the social studies classroom. When I
taught HS, I honestly never acknowledged ANY holidays, whether
religious, state, tribal in my curric, not even Mother's Day or
Valentine's Day. When I taught grades 5-8, I resisted mightily but had
to acknowledge that it was important to the kids. It was fairly easy to
work with some of the concepts behind the holidays without naming them
specifically. Who can argue--or be offended by--peace, love, and


> On Thursday, June 30, 2005, at 09:47 PM, Diane C. Gregory wrote:
> 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.

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