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Re: the sun and the sky

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Wed, 12 Mar 1997 17:55:20 -0500 (EST)

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Just thought I would add a few words to the ongoing debate. I am now teaching
in Elem. K-5, was for the previous six years the art teacher for an all
S.B.H. middle school. Recently I did a landscape design with students 2-3
mix, and I taught it much the same way as students in the middle school who
because of behavioral problems were frequently not real successful in
previous schools art classes and tended to be a bit behind (slight
understatement here....)

We discussed that the earth is a ball floating in space, that the reason we
"see" blue sky is " 'cause of all the polution and "stuff" in the air, and
the atmosphere reflects light. The we look out the windows and talk about the
sky seems to touch the buildings, etc. and that the horizon is really just
where the earth curves away. You can never really touch it. I also frequently
use the (imaginary) little kid who draws the strips of sky because they think
it's that way and that's O.K. But learn to think about what you see........
Learn to draw what you see. Not let your head get in the way.
Sky is not up, there is not "air" inbetween. Then we draw several horizons
together and usually wind up with both earthly landscapes, seascapes, and
alien landscapes. the alien ones are usually the best, they love them, but it
really seems to reinforce the planet is a ball and we're looking out over the
edge theory. Reminding those that "slip" back is usually not to much of a

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