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Re: P&E of design

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Sidnie Miller (sidmill.edu)
Wed, 3 Apr 1996 10:11:20 -0800 (PST)


Regarding teaching of principles and elements--of course works of art are
produced in ingorance of P&E, however over the years I have decided that
I will always begin my year (teaching 8th graders) with a unit on P&E
taught as a subject. We have elementary art here and the students have all
done a project somewhere along the line on texture, line etc., but they
have never internalized the idea that this is a body of information that
is useful to them. They need to understand that by using P&E concepts
they can plan, organize & produce good work, they can analyze their work and
improve it, and they can view and comprehend the works of others. How
can we discuss sharpening their emphasis and bringing up their contrast
if they don't understand that these concepts exist?? I have students
make a book using folded 8-1/2x14" paper with Japanese bookbinding and
marbelized paper for covers and then we begin working on each element
and principle, defining, discussing and doing a drawing or paint mixing
chart or cut magazine picture on each one. I finish with a hellatious
test that is open book with their book. This is defiinitely not their
favorite thing, but I try to make it as interesting as possible--an idea
I stole from someone somewhere is that on the texture page they trace their
hand
and draw a different texture for each finger--they absolutely love it--do
some amazing things--we do bog down on complement and value charts made
with primary colors and black, but I
keep explaining that they need to understand things first. We get
through it in about 3 weeks.

I went to college in the late 60's and the emphasis was"not" teaching us
anything for fear of ruining our creativity.
Heaven forbid our instructors try to teach us because we might just
pick up their style. I left there completely ignorant of any foundations
in art except for classic art history (via Janson). I feel it is our
oblitgation to teach our students everything we know--those who will
become "real" artists will have many other examples to use in developing
their own style and the majority will have a comprehension of art that
will enrich their lives and hopefully the interest to persue art
activities in their leisure time. Our title is "teacher"--don't be
afraid to teach!

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