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Sombra Lee on Teaching Art (Yicks)

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Ann Morgan (agm)
Mon, 4 Mar 1996 21:38:03 +0100

Sorry Sombra, but your statement that Art Education was not critical to
mankind's evolution is way off base! In fact, image-making is one of the
most basic components to the construction of any human culture, and has
played a critical role in the development of mankind. It is a very ancient
form of language that predates not only reading and writing, but our own
species (Homo Sapien), and has been used by humankind as a way to transmit
culture through the generations for at least 35,000 years, and probably
longer. As Henry so eloquently wrote, images continue to do the same in our
culture, even if most of them have been relegated to the role of earning
money for those who purvey them.
If you would like to learn more, I would suggest that you read John
Pfieffer's wonderful book 'The Creative Explosion: An Inquiry into the
Origins of Art and Religion' which was published by Cornell University
Press in 1985. (9orry I can't figure out how to underline either...) Hope
this gives you a larger perspective to work from... Ann Morgan, Everett