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Re: To Pam S.'s students


From: Geoffrey McClain (skygeoff_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Aug 31 2003 - 17:09:56 PDT

I agree with you 100%! No one could have said it better.
Sky in NJ
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From: "Bunki Kramer" <>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <>
Sent: Sunday, August 31, 2003 7:03 PM
Subject: To Pam S.'s students

> from: Bunki Kramer (
> Los Cerros Middle School
> 968 Blemer Road
> Danville, CA 94526
> *******************************************
> What is so wonderful about this list is the many sundry and various
> we share on this listserv. Sometimes we become so completely involved in
> we feel about things, we sometimes forget that there are others who feel
> differently and have new or alternative perspectives on the same subject.
> Pardon some of my listserv friends who tend to get a little carried away
> thinking their ideals are superior and others lacking. I'm sure it's
> unintended and it is because they are so full of passion about art
> and yet are still my good friends. We argue but we share the passion.
> Having said that, I am about to disagree with some members who discount
> using the "in the style of" approach to teaching. There is nothing wrong
> with it. It can be incorporated with other techniques at the same time to
> make a broader base for building understanding. How much easier it is to
> really understand how Seurat's technique of pointillism is accomplished
> you are able to actually try out the technique yourself. The classroom
> offers a comfortable place to try. After painting with dots and thinking
> about color combinations, rule-of-3rd's, clustering, shadows, unifying,
> can begin to realize just a smidgeon of what the artist had to cope with
> overcome to create his technique. What is that educational philosophy
> of...looking at it (%), talking about it (%) being a lesser percentage of
> learning than actually DOING it?
> My point is...much is to be gained by "in the style of" to truly
> the method of the artist's technique and becoming skillful in learning
> different techniques and in the meantime enhancing one's own emerging
> "style". Learning other this day...has enhanced my artwork. I
> learn by trying new techniques and styles constantly.
> How boring I think art would be if it was all about looking and talking.
> Just give me the opportunity to try out the same techniques in my OWN work
> and I'd be happy as a clam...and learn something MORE in the process. Stay
> open to all avenues of thinking and learning. Don't "buttonhole" yourself
> into one attitude. Toodles...Bunki
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