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Re: [teacherartexchange] Learning by copying?


From: Gayle Parent (gayleparent_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Aug 17 2008 - 08:41:03 PDT

I allow my students to copy at times. I think it's a time honored
way to learn. However, I insist that they always say that they
copied. When they copy, they are never to say that it was their own

On Aug 16, 2008, at 9:31 PM, 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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