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Re: [teacherartexchange] Creativity In Art Assignments


Date: Sat Jul 02 2005 - 03:58:01 PDT

Hey Darren,
I missed where you are, but here, deep in the bible belt, (Tennessee)
you may of course teach art history. But be gentle in how you present.
Students tend to take what you say extremely literally. I do mandalas
with my 7th and 8th graders and explain what the Buddhist monks are
doing and how they believe, but I generally try to get students to
realize that there are so many different cultures that don't believe
the way the western world does, and that is okay. I haven't had any

-----Original Message-----
From: Darren High <>
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Sent: Fri, 1 Jul 2005 22:44:52 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Creativity In Art Assignments

   How about religion in relation to art history? Many
famous artists used Christian imagery as subject
matter. There are many periods of art that were
totally dependent upon the Christian church. Do you
avoid presenting those images to students for fear of
offending them? It's not like you are encouraging
them to worship a certain way. I just don't see how
any true overview of art history could omit all
references to the church and Christian images.

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