Friday, September 24, 2010

The Art Diet

As if I haven't caused enought trouble in blog-world with yesterday's post about the No-No, today I'm responding to a request in a post by blogger-friend Erica at http://artprojectgirl.blogspot.com/. Please read her post titled "Go on an Art DIET with me" about the cutesy cookie-cutter projects that are, as she says, "floating out there in cyberspace". She put it better than I could have, and there's a lot of good dialogue in the comment section of her post. Definitely thought provoking and worth reading.

7 comments:

  1. Gracias!!! Thanks for passing it on!

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  2. Phyl, I'm surprised your blog has taken a snarky turn. Instead of posting art activities, your blog have seen the need to act as the "Art Ed Police". The posting of the cookies and diet from cute art is snarky. I am certified in Art Ed, Special Ed/Gifted, and Elementary Ed. I have been a teacher for 32 years. I enjoy all the blogs I visit every day. Some ideas I take and tweak, some I just pass on. Having a personal opinion is one thing, the header on this page illustrates not a desire to discuss the issue but to take a jab at other bloggers--IMO.

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  3. Debbie, yikes! I've never thought of myself as snarky, and I'm sorry to have so terribly offended you. It certainly was not my intention to 'take a jab at other bloggers' or act as the Art Ed Police. But I did think it was my right to have an opinion. I, like you, enjoy the blogs I visit daily, and take much from them that I can incorporate in my classroom. And I always try to take the time to tell a blogger that I've enjoyed or appreciated or learned from their post by leaving a positive comment. I would never intentionally leave a hurtful comment.
    But, when I decided to start this blog just a few months ago, I don't recall being told that I could not express my opinion, or discuss issues that may spark real dialogue or conversation. Nor do I remember being told that I could only use my blog to post art activities. I've posted about a lot of other things, from my nerves about my son's trip to Africa, to the art apron I sewed this summer, and even about writing sub plans for the Jewish holidays, so it hasn't been a 'given' that this blog was just for posting art activities. So I apologize if I broke some unwritten art blogger code. The fact that my post about the no-no and Erica's post of the cookies have inspired so many people to leave comments on both of our blogs says to me that readers are interested. I think the dialogue is healthy, and with that in mind, I will not remove your comment from my blog.
    My actual written words in this "cookie" post were very minimal, but I may go back and edit the post title if that appears so offensive. But as I go back and reread my post about the no-no I still think the dialogue was worthwhile.
    Thank you for your comment.

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  4. I didn't truly realize what a controversial idea this is and that is interesting in itself! There is a lot of good stuff going on out there and I read it all. I am learning a lot from bloggers and I like it when people are confident in their opinions and can express them. No matter what they are!

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  5. Hey, Phil -- I don't know if you subscribed to the follow-up comments on my blog, so I just stopped by to tell you I'd be honoured and flattered and all those other nice things if you used some images from my altered books to show your class. Thanks for asking:)

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  6. OOOPS -- So Sorry -- I meant PhYl!

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  7. No problem, Xinme, even my grandfather never spelled my name right, and your lovely name is is WAY more unusual than mine!

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