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Re: Arts Advocacy: Another Twist

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Heyjude5270_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Oct 07 2001 - 07:07:13 PDT


I agree with Bunki that a display of quotes reflecting on the arts would
probably not cause people to stop and read them. However, for Youth Art
Month, we did an activity similar to the one Bunki did with her students. I
first typed up a page of quotes about art made by various famous
people.(Beverly Sills: "Art is the signature of civilization.".) The Art
Teacher's Book of Lists is a good resource for this. I entitled the hand-out,
"Art Is..." and first gave the dictionary definition, followed by the
quotes. Students were then instructed to write their own definition by
finishing the sentence,"Art is...". The definition was then done in black
Sharpie marker on white paper and incorporated into a design. These were
displayed in the hall, with the "famous folks" quotes scattered amongst
them. The visual impact of the very graphic black and white designs,mounted
on red paper,grabbed people, who then read the statements. The kids
absolutely floored me with their insights. Example:
"Art is a link with our past, a mirror of today and a dream for our future."
Many parents and staff commented on which quote was their favorite!

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