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"Arts Education enables students to gain a better understanding of how to socially and emotionally communicate.  Art provides a forum for discourse about social issues that promotes democratic thinking and pluralistic views. Students can develop skills needed to reflect upon and take action with social and cultural issues embedded in our society."   
~Rita, Sarah, Theresa
  "There are more valid facts and details in works of art than there are in history books."
~Charlie Chaplin

Pablo Picasso, Guernica, 1937, Oil on Canvas, 11.5  x 25.5'

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How does Guernica apply to 2007?

How can educators utilize critiques to generate dialogue in their classroom?

Why is it important to critque artworks, poems, historical accounts, advertisements, artifacts, etc.? 

Do educators avoid art topics?

Steps for Critiques

Guernica Peace Mural Project 

Gernika, Spain 2003 

PBS Guernica Information

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
~Pablo Picasso