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Re: Coloring Books

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Numo Jaeger and Michael Miller (jaegmil)
Sat, 26 Apr 1997 17:47:49 -0400

Hi Bob,

I visited a high school art teacher this past Monday who gave out "coloring
book" pages as homework assignments.

They are not your typical coloring books though. These are the Anti-Coloring
Books by Susan Striker. Have you seen this series?

I liked the idea. It invites the students who will not draw anything to take
a chance and create the rest of an already started piece. It spurs interest
in seeing how the original artist completed the work. It keeps them drawing
at home.

The pages are like prompts not coloring in the lines. I think these books
promote creative thinking with out excessive pressure for excellent drawing
that inhibit some high school students.

What are your opinions on this?

At 02:14 PM 4/25/97 +0000, you wrote:
>I think that you should consider your statement a bit more carefully.
>You might be an artist who has encouraged her 5 boys to extend their
>art activities beyond the colouring book but 1000's of parents never
>get beyond the colouring book. They provide them to 3,4,5 yearolds and
>prevent them from passing throught the natural evolution of mark
>making. I have no objection to colouring books for 10 year old plus
>children but there are strong grounds for objecting to their use
>with young children. For other thoughts on the matter, please refer
>to Dr Paul Duncum's article in the
>Australian Institute of Early Childhood's Journal
>Australian Journal of Early Childhood.
>Volume 20 number 3 Pages 33 to 38. September 1995.
>I am not an idiot and i do think deeply about children's art and the
>creative process.
>Bob Greaves.