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Lesson Plans

Re: A&E.A

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Sun, 12 Oct 1997 06:40:14 +0300

Gina Clark's post reminds me of my earlier initiative to link local
schools with schools in the US or abroad for art exchanges. I just
participated in a local arts exhibit sponsored by the United Nations
Development Program with students ages 5-18 from 11 primary and
secondary schools in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The students were given
art materials to visually depict the theme, "The UN, Youth, Poverty,
and the Environment." Deforestation is a pressing issue here, part of
a cycle of poverty that cannot be eradicated without participation of
all people, and a change of the attitudes and lifestyle practices of
the young. Currently, most people in Tanzania still cook with wood
over an open flame.

119 students created a number of stunning paintings and drawings,
most of which have a message translated into English from the
Kiswahili. During the awards ceremony, I announced the interest
several of you have communicated to me with, in creating arts
and letter writing exchanges between local Tanzanian students
and international students (currently the U.S.). Several schools
and local teachers are enthusiastic about this project and have agreed to participate.

We have a body of work from the exhibit that can be sent to schools
as an exchange but we would like to post it on the Internet first as
an on-line art exhibit. We have scanners, the software, and one
computer with Internet access but no web site to house the work on.
Is anyone out there interested in collaborating with me to help
realize this vision of publishing the local Tanzanian student art
work on the Internet?

There was a representative from the Ministry of Culture at the
opening and the UNDP representative who are both interested in using
this initial project as part of the impetus for creating a local
internet site for school children to correspond with students around
the world. We hope that this will help.

There are also many local Tanzanian artists for Gina's type of

I appreciate your ideas and interest on the above.

Teresa Tipton

Date: Mon, 20 Oct 1997 15:35:59 -0700 (MST)
From: Gina M Clark <clarkg>
Subject: A&E.A

Hi everyone! When I was looking at the getty site i was fascinated by the
Pickerington Elementary School Project under the art &ecology curriculum
integration. this project is about the students creating a package to
send to an adult artist somewhere in the world who will in return make a
package for that student. The students package includes a ceramic tile
that the student has painted depicting some aspect of the ecological
concerns in their local community. It also includes a piece of prose and
the package that it is sent in is also decorated. In return the adult
artist sends the student something a concern they hold about their local
environment. This project is wonderful in many aspects. It brings the
idea of ecological concerns right into the surrondings that the child is
familiar with but it also makes them aware of concerns in a not so
familiar setting. I also feel that a child would be enthusiastic about
such a project because they are recieving a "present" specifically for
them from another indiviual. This form of personal communication is very
I guess this lesson is so intriguing to me because of the "pen
pal" aspect. I think this is a great way to make the connection for a
child betwwen local and global ecological concerns. It also addresses the
power of art and communication and allows the student to take pride
in their community and creativity.
This lesson would be easy to intergrate with other aspects of your
teaching such as geography and with the research that the child discovered
about their issue or animal that the are concerned with.