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Re: [teacherartexchange] elementary appropriate: monsters


From: chris massingill (chris_massingill_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun May 28 2006 - 08:19:00 PDT

I have similar rules in my classroom as well and my
district has a rule about no drawings of guns and so
i've extended that to weapons in general, although
I've made a few exceptions for swords and catapults,

I think that part of the problem with these kinds of
drawings isn't the kids, it is the media that they are
being exposed to.

I did a lesson a few months back on space where the
students draw an audience in a movie theatre with
several rows of people to talk about how things get
smaller as they get further away, when they are done
with people in their seats, they get to draw a scene
from a movie on a movie screen for the background. I
did this lesson with second grade and I was SHOCKED at
some of the movies that they wanted to draw - the list
included Chucky, Freddy Krueger, SAW, Scary Movie,
Jarhead, I could go on and on, but you get the picture
- if this is what they've seen in second grade I can't
imagine what they will have seen before they have even
left elementary school.

in Central Arkansas


--- "M. Austin" wrote:

> I have a similar rule in my classroom. Without my
> censoring to a point (no
> blood, no violence, etc) that when given choice in
> subject matter then they
> will revert to the same thing over and over and
> over. You can only teach so
> long before you tire of seeing sports logos, planes
> bombing things on the
> ground, vampires, yin-yang signs, hearts, rainbows,
> suns in corners, etc. I
> don't feel that the kids are expressing themselves
> if they are all drawing
> identical drawings, and yet there is that pull at
> certain ages to draw
> certain things. It seems that planes and bombs start
> around 1st grade and
> fade away around 3rd or 4th. They then move on to a
> more personal level with
> people shooting or stabbing each other, which lasts
> another 3-4 years. I
> noticed this 12 years ago, and was concerned about
> some of my students trend
> towards violence, but years later different kids are
> drawing the same thing.
> ~Michal
> K-12 Kansas Art Teacher
> > As far as what I tell my elementary students - my
> > typical line is it must be school appropriate (no
> > guns, etc) and no blood and guts.
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