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Re: artsednet-digest V2 #428 - "Demolished school and murals:("

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Sears, Ellen (john.gilinsky)
Mon, 27 Oct 1997 11:21:03 -0500

Thanks Ron for your thoughtfull response. I know that children often do
not create or produce "art" for permanence. However if teachers keep this
lack of permanency continuously in mind does this not detract from
children's whether they be creators or peer consumers of such children
generated art appreciation? In other words if children think and feel
that whatever they produce is simply classroom "Junk" or worse or
something that has to be done because their teacher says that they will
be marked on it etc.....this surely reduces their innate like/luv etc.for
whatever they produce or enjoy in other children's art because the
children do NOT perceive the works as "permanent". I wonder how many
children in the school (I think it used to be John Fisher?)have any visual
reminder of these murals that they worked on or saw and admired? Or do
such school corridor murals become make work projects that teachers feel
(administration pressure?)that they must put up to visually demonstrate to
the school community that their children are "artistic"?
John Gilinsky
Visual Arts Education Canada(VAEC)