SchoolArts Magazine

NOV 2012

SchoolArts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901.

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elementary Studio lesson Keeping African Masks ReAl Susan Waddington A rt is a good place to learn about our multicultural planet, and African masks are prized throughout the world as powerfully expressive artistic images. Unfortunately, multicultural education, especially for young children, can perpetuate stereotypes. Masks taken out of context lose their meaning and the term "African masks" suggests that there is only one African culture. So how can young people learn about global cultures with deeper understanding and greater respect? We tackled that question by studying masks from specific cultures and learning about them in depth. We were keeping it real. Antelope mask, Claire G. 17

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