In response to "what is the role of the art educator in times of war and
I keep my students busy, working on projects, most of them find it
necessary and want to keep their minds busy on a creative project. I've
noticed my students more focused than usual. Students are allowed and
encouraged to reflect in their sketchbook/journals and many drew flags, U.S.
flags on fire, flags + crosses, a flag inside a large tear drop, images of
twin towers and airplanes, black smoke, etc. I haven't designed lessons
around these terrible current events other than providing the time and space
for them to reflect in their sketchbooks.
In the current art project that we're working on: a value/pattern
assignment done on white paper with Ebony pencils, a lot of the work is very
dark right now, with again, references to waving flag patterns, fire, smoke,
tear drops, etc.
I have to say that high school kids are apprehensive, they realize the
gravity of the situation. We watched it all on my classroom TV set the mor
ning of Sept. 11. But they also want to occupy their minds, stay busy on
other things, hopefully forget for a while, the hatred and fanaticism that
exists in the world.
Dennis in Stockton, California