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Date: Sun Nov 25 2001 - 19:34:18 PST

Hi all,
I am planning to do a lesson with my 3rd graders on designing their own
nutcrackers. There was a similar lesson in School Arts (Dec. "99). Does
anyone have any information on the history of the wooden nutcrackers as a
folk art or toy? Didn't they originate in Germany?

  Also, I am planning to do a lesson with fifth graders using figures in
action poses (sports, dance, etc.). Who are some artists other than Degas
and Matisse who used figures in action poses in their work?
Thanks for any input.