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Re: [teacherartexchange] Learning by copying?


From: John Torr (jctorr_2000_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Aug 16 2008 - 23:40:50 PDT

Learning by copying?

Personally I think it is important to allow students
to imitate other artwork and artists as well as using
photographic reference, especially in the lower
secondary classes. In developing an individual
response, students need to build ideas through
imitation until later in the upper secondary they may
take flight with their own individual creativity. In
imitation there is also an interpretative response
isn't there? I prefer to allow students to imitate
(IE, comic strip) and adapt the artwork so that it
applies to the individual. I want students to feel
secure first on familiar ground and then build on that
ground in order to develop an individual style of

John C Torr
--- Andrea Cope <> wrote:

> I'm about to begin my first year teaching high
> school art, though I'm a seasoned teacher in other
> fine arts courses. My colleagues insist that no
> copying ever be allowed, for any reason. While I
> understand the importance of the students learning
> to develop confidence in their own creativity, I
> also see the value of learning via imitation. I've
> certainly improved my own skills by examining
> drawings and photographs and trying to reproduce
> what I see. I saved all of the responses to the
> recent question about artistic process. Several of
> you mentioned working from photographs. How is that
> different? Or is it? I'd like to be able to offer
> a different point of view to my teammates but I need
> a better foundation. And I'm open to the
> possibility that my instinct is wrong. Do you allow
> your students to copy as part of the learning
> process? If not, why?
> Andrea
> ---
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