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As far as including arts instruction in various artistic "traditions", of
course it is a valid and important facet of art education. We are all
products of artistic (and other) traditions. We need to acknowledge and
recognize and hopefully value our past and our heritage - the good and the
bad of it. That doesn't eliminate personal growth and development. It
doesn't wipe out individual creativity. If anything, tradition helps us
understand who we are and where we came from - how we react to it all is
our personal growth and development. We can't escape the influences of the
environment around us - so it is doubly important to receive exposure to
our traditions. The past has always been a part of human life - we learn
from our past. That never stopped the creativity of artists of the past.
Sandra Hildreth <shildret>
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617