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re: arts (was Re: Art & Deadlines)

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Becky Alexander (Bekalex)
Thu, 24 Apr 1997 20:15:50 -0700


And your's provoked some though, itself, Terry! Thanks!

I would like to add that many "artists" have only brief moments of
creativity. Surges, if you will, when everything seems to come together.

>>>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.

I am creative in my teaching...sometimes. I am creative in my
art...sometimes. I am creative with my politics and my life...sometimes.

The fact that I cannot always get there, that I must rely on a structure to
focus some efforts, on a standard by which to guage the results, (and I owe
it to myself to guage them) means that I usually conform to much of the
world's demands.

I love the kids that show the spunk, the ones who exhibit the creative
urge. But I've noticed that they all do...sometimes.

Becky Alexander
Porterville, Ca.

>Interesting reply. Very strong. I like the autonomy you are striving for
>for your students. Can there be any good design? Can design resist
>oppression?
>
>>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.
>
>Terry Barrett
>Professor, Art Education
>340 Hopkins Hall
>Ohio State University
>Columbus, OH 43210
>614.292.4741
>barrett.8