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Re: [teacherartexchange] Creativity In Art Assignments


From: M.Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Jun 30 2005 - 19:33:01 PDT

Interesting twist - I may try this this year. I know one of my favorite
seasonal lessons is one I do with 3rd grade - a fall type collage. The
students cut out realistically shaped pumpkins, apples, pears, grapes, and
leaves out of colored paper. We use oil pastels in complementary colors to
learn basic shadowing. After we complete this lesson I rarely see black
shadows drawn on their personal drawings. It would be interesting to have
the students reflect on why pumpkins are symbols for two fall holidays -
scary for one, nourishment for the other. And are pumpkins used in any other
culture's traditions? Great idea! :-)

> 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.

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