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Re: Curriculum

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Glen Williams (gw1944)
Sat, 8 Mar 1997 19:05:24 -0600

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kprs asks:
>OK, now I'm confused with your conflict. Could you simplify for me
>please? Are you feeling conflicted because you have appropriated other
>cultures' art forms and have not respected their original intent? All,
>as educators, we can do is expose kids to a variety of media, and "talk"
>about it's origins, it's usages, and experiences that other cultures
>have with it...but I no more can experience the "specialness" of one's
>religious experience than I can of one's closeness to the art form.
>When we work in clay for example, we are all joined in that eternal line
>of potters, our clay bodies tied together with bisque, kilns, and fire,
>but our reasons for doing are as varied as the pieces that come out of a
>raku firing.
>San D
Dear Fellow Art Teachers:
I can simplfy in the following way. I begin to believe that we need to
live our own culture and steal others only at our own peril.If indeed there
are common denominators in diverse cultures, they will sort themselves out
in time. It is perhaps best to leave art history/culture to an academic
pursuit- not production one. Lord Elgin should not be a model for art
There may well be an eternal line of potters and participation in that
tradition is certainly a wonderful thing. I would not however confuse this
production with the classroom project attempting to create a ritual indian
animal mask. gjw

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