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Lesson Plans

Re: Art & Deadlines

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Wed, 23 Apr 1997 19:02:05 -0700 (PDT)

The use of the word "Artist" is what is confusing... you're
training of students to be shills for some advertising
concern doesn't entitle them to the credibility of artists
who have sacrificed comfort and security to remain able to
examine and criticise our visual world. So they only need to
deal with dead lines in order to wear a bit in their mouths
so that their boss' will be able to jerk their heads around
and direct them toward what they should be interested in.
If that's what makes teaching valuable to you, then you've missed
the point of Art and Teaching. Students must learn to resist
the temptation to be led into submission. Someone must
maintain the ability to see clearly and it obviously won't
be your well behaved "A" students. The difference between
reacting to visual stimuli and actually creating something is
staggering to those who can tell the difference and invisable
to those who can not. Get creative in your teaching. Art that
does not resist oppresion is part of that oppression.