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Re: What is Art?

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Tue, 06 Oct 1998 22:18:17 -0400

As part of a Humanities course I teach, my students come up with
individual definitions of art, and they range from "art is nature" to
"art is something that is framed and hung on the wall" - mostly very
limited interpretations. Then we talk about things more, like how and
why prehistoric people painted on cave walls, and I give them my
opinion, that art is something created that comes from the mind of a
person (to distinguish it from natural creations or things made
accidentally by people), that it communicates or expresses something,
and that it has value to the society or culture that it came from. This
year I added a visual component - I typed all the kids art definitions
on one piece of paper and duplicated it so they each could have a copy -
then I asked each student to create a poster that illustrated their
definition (which they were welcome to revise). They had to include some
visual examples, which they could draw, or cut out of magazines -
regular ones as well as old art magazines. The results were great.
Sandra Hildreth
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Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
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