What an wonderful approach. I was thinking of doing a directed lesson on radial and rotational symmetry using a variety of symbolic motifs, including the peace sign and a Picasso dove. I went to Babelfish and printed out every translation of 'peace' that they have:
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>Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2006 7:50:36 -0400
>Subject: [teacherartexchange] peace project
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>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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