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[teacherartexchange] peace project


Date: Fri Sep 15 2006 - 04:50:36 PDT

Something other than Pinwheels for Peace.

I visited the Edward Hicks show in Philadelphia. I lived in the same town as
him, so there was always a connection for me.

He painted many images of the Isaiah verse about the lion laying down with
the lamb. His pictures had Wm. Penn making a treaty with the Indians (also
happened in Philly/Bucks County area). Hicks used this image because it was
the only way he could paint AND be a good Quaker.

So I asked the kids what they thought peace was, and how difficult it was to
express. Kids have no problem with war, anger, hate: they know it from TV
and cartoons -- guns, blood, explosions, yelling. But how do they picture
peace? What images would express peace?

This was a true thinking project. (Hey Marvin, am I on the right track here?)
What was the opposite of those images that flood their world? I got different
images: a favorite peaceful place, playing with a sibling they usually fought
with, showing a harmonious family, animals that represented peace to them.
My favorite image was of two groups of "Army guys" who were throwing their
weapons on the bonfire in the center.

Jeannie in PA

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