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Re: [teacherartexchange] African Unit suggestions


From: Deb (surreal70_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Jul 31 2005 - 17:20:13 PDT


Thanks for the questions. They really helped. I especially liked the masks presented from the point of view of masks that we wear every day. I am involved with a group of teachers in an antibullying program called Project Love and I'm always looking for ways to incorporate these components and values into the art room community.

I don't go back until the end of August. I'll let you know how it goes. deb from beautiful Kent

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Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2005 11:55:13 -0400

Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] African Unit suggestions

<br><br>-----Original Message-----<br>From: Deb <><br><br> << Connecting is a big<br>issue for me as a teacher as i work in an area ( not kent)where <br>students and the<br>community actively resist engaging in the learning process. I've been <br>teaching 21<br>years and it's getting worse. I would like to know how you and others <br>or what<br>you and others are doing to connect. >><br><br>It is my belief that we need to connect to the students and provide <br>them with the opportunity to use the information we share in school for <br>their own purposes. As Eisner says (paraphrase) we want students to do <br>well in life, rather than just well in school. So, going back to the <br>Big Ideas discussion, we try to get to essences. When I introduce my <br>mask center the discussion is the essence of masks: masks can hide you/ <br>tell people about you, masks can be ugly/beautiful, scary/funny, part <br>of a costume, part of a job uniform, realistic/fantasy,
a story telling <br>tool, a decoration, a religious artifact, part of theater performance, <br>and so on. Next question: what do these various masks have in common? <br>One answer, perhaps, exaggeration...color....etc. Next question: what <br>are some ways a mask could be created? (papier mache, plaster, a box, a <br>bag, face paint, etc etc) Next question: what sort of mask are you <br>interested in making and what is the best way to do that, to express <br>what you want to express? And African masks are a part of the <br>information to be presented...but as you have mentioned...why should <br>unmotivate 8th graders care a fig about them? Thinking about the <br>issues of 8th graders...what drives them, motivates them? How about <br>the masks that kids assume in school in order to be popular? Or to <br>rebel against authority? How about a mask expressing both insides and <br>outsides of a personality? Or whatever you might elicit from a <br>discussion of masks. What
do you think?<br>Loving questions,<br>kathy douglas<br>><br>---<br>To unsubscribe go to <br>>

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