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exhibition From the New Yorker to
Shrek: The Art of William Steig can
be visited as an online feature under
“Education and Kids” on the museum’s website. A series of short essays
accompanied by artworks include:
“Introduction,” “Growing Up in the
Bronx,” “Early Beginnings at The
New Yorker,” “Symbolic Work,”
“Sylvester,” “Shrek and Friends,” and
“Epilogue: When Everybody Wore a
Hat.” An interactive feature, “Five
Lines,” is based on a game that Steig
would play with his friends and family. In the online version, five random
lines appear, and the challenge is to
make them into a face with drawing
tools. This is a thoughtful exercise
that could be modified into a classroom activity. A short video of Steig
himself playing “Five Lines” can be
viewed and downloaded.
Curricular materials for middle-school through high-school students
can be found in “Resources for Educators.” Three PDFs (require Adobe
Acrobat Reader) include “
Understanding the Holocaust Through Art
and Artifacts,” “Cultural Exchange:
Jewish and Muslim Connections,”
and “Examining Identity in Contemporary Photography.” Each of these
substantial resources includes color
images, background information and
primary source material, suggestions
for use in the classroom, bibliogra-phies, and glossaries. Sensitive issues
of identity, cultural interchange,
diversity, persecution, and violence
are explored through images and
texts. Art and artifacts drawn from
personal responses to tragedy, ancient
shared symbols, manipulated photographs, or political cartoons can lead
students to a discussion of the power
of visual images.
Earline Green’s clay quilts
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As a child, Earline Green
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mother Mama Freddie. Earline spent more
favorite with teachers. It is easy to load
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playing with children her own age. Her early
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life-long love of artwork. ceived excellent results with
Earline’s other grandmother, Mama Gin- each firing.”
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