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Lesson Plans


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Sat, 10 Oct 1998 07:35:31 EDT

"If the students can view several sources, they
would have a better understanding of the universality of masks, yet be exposed
to the
unique ways various cultures have produced them."
Excellent point. I sometimes wonder about the results of students studying
very specific cultures or artistic movements. I think that is why, frequently,
they only know Michelangelo, those turtles, Van Gogh, Native American
artifacts and "African" masks when they get to high school.
Perhaps it would be better to talk about all people who have used masks, for
example, as a part of their culture. Even discuss how masks are used in our
present culture, i.e., halloween, costume parties,bank robbing.(tongue in
cheek) Even explore psychological/mental masks with older students. Then the
products created by the students could have more variety. Another peave of
mine is the exact same product being created by every student at the same
time. For example, all students creating Kochinas from toilet tissue tubes,
following the same set of directions, at the same time. Where's the
creativity? I know that the act of following directions correctly must be
taught in the younger grades. But perhaps it is overdone, when every art
lesson involves every student doing exactly the same thing at the same time
with the same results from every student. And believe me, I know that there
will be variety in quality, but that is not creative variety.
I realize that I am going to be attacked by the overworked, overcrowded,
undersupplied elementary teachers who are doing their very best to provide
meaningful experiences for their students. But please, just remember that
this is an observation made from the other end of the road. Food for thought.