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spiders - Lynzi

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Rdunkelart_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Tue Jun 25 2002 - 07:23:54 PDT


Lynzi- outside the Kemper Modern Art Museum in Kansas City is a wonderful
black iron spider - giant size. Can';t remember the woman artist but you
could
look up kemperart.org and look further than I did or e-mail them.

 Anyway the
spider was created by a woman artist who had been reared by two very
controlling
parents. She later married a controlling man - finally becoming ill of all
this and
wanting to be her own person she tried to break out of the cycle. She was an
artist at the time and adopted the spider as her protective totem (of sorts)
because
she saw the spider as a very strong insect. That is a capsule version of her
story
The spiders would be interesting for your art students to look at and the
story is
for you. You should be able to find a photo at the Kemper site.

Also there are Native American and Greek tales about spiders. And the
sweet story of the Christmas spider - how it felt sorry for a poor family
that did not
have anything to decorate their tree with and so during the night decorated
it with
glistening spider webs. (Short version). And you can spray spider webs
with white paint and capture them on black paper. Not sure that is a great
environmental idea or even fair to the spiders!!! Long ago I saw some crafty
TV
person do this with a black coffeetable top. I tried it with black paper and
it failed.

Good luck Roberta

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