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A couple of years ago I was teaching at a school where the sixth
grade teachers taught students in teams to use the video equipment.
These students then were "on call" for people in the school who
needed video services.
I had been reading Puzzles in Art (by Battin, Fisher , Moore, and
Silvers), and I decided to recreate one of the aesthetic puzzles in the book.
With the acting prowess of the principal and assistant principal, we made
a short video called "Is It a Portrait?" where the two characters
had wildly different reactions to the non-objective style portraits
which I had painted of them. The video team filmed us. The
principal and assistant principal were minor film celebrities in the
school. We had some great discussions with my first through sixth
graders in discussing preferences, ownership of artwork, and criteria
for deciding if something is art.
University of Central Arkansas