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Re: Aesthetics (late)

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Tue, 10 Sep 1996 17:45:06 -0700 (PDT)

Here's a little something to ponder as we "talk" aesthetics over
cyberspace. I team teach a class that combines Art and History, and we go
right back to the beginning of human existance in an effort to get students
to come up with some personal definitions of Art. We ask them to think
about prehistoric times; think about how those early people lived, and then
try to figure out why they painted cave walls (often in dark, deep recesses
that seem hidden away). Why there are primitive tools and weapons that
appear to be decorated? Why were necklaces of flowers placed in some
primitive graves, or evidence of red ochre sprinkled on or around the body?
It's really interesting to watch teenagers speculate on the reasons for
this, and then attempt to interpret their speculations as well as those of
scholars. I don't know the answer, but whatever it is, it's what separates
us from all the other animal species on this planet. Art is what makes us

Sandra Hildreth <shildret>
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617