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Re: [teacherartexchange] WSJ Article


From: Woody Duncan (woodyduncan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Jun 30 2010 - 21:39:42 PDT

There is a great discussion going on here. Hopefully others will join
in on this topic
so we can get a variety of perspectives on the inclusion of social and
political content
in some art lessons.

On Jun 30, 2010, at 7:21 PM, Barbara Marder wrote:

> Hi Woody,
> What seems to be the crux of the argument is expressing a vision
> without an artwork.
> The problem with the "new" social justice art is that somehow we are
> skipping the art making.
> So why are we calling it "art"?
>> Barbara - "divisiveness of art educators" - that's a strange way to
>> put it. Artists have opinions and they
>> do voice them - that's what democracy is all about. If teachers ask
>> students to voice social content in
>> their art, the teacher should not direct the content - that is the
>> students choice. The teacher should
>> prepare the students to be accepting of others who have diverse and
>> different views. Art is powerful
>> and students should be made aware that one choice is to use their
>> art for social change or to maintain
>> the status quo. I do not do political or social art but I respect
>> and applaud those who do.
>> Woody

Woody, Retired in Albuquerque

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