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Re: [teacherartexchange] Learning by copying?


From: Jeff Pridie (jeffpridie_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Aug 18 2008 - 10:18:08 PDT


Thank you for an alternative to just simply copying. Again it boils down to what you want students to learn from an experience you found a way to have it work in multiple ways working with an artist original idea, challenging students to think outside the box. Great idea.

Jeff (minnesota)

> In Art 4 I used to do an assignment in which we studied and
> researched artists from the impressionist era. They were
> to look at
> many works from this period and pick an artist that they
> liked. In
> style, technique, colors used, themes or subject matter,
> etc. They
> were to plan out and use Craypas (Oil Pastel) to create the
> Next
> painting that artist would do. Using similar subject
> matter, style
> and technique. This was a great challenge to them as they
> would try
> to copy the artist's painting but I was not allowing
> them. Some
> would combine parts of painting to make a new one as in
> Cezanne's
> still-life's or houses. Some found resources of
> flowers, scenes or
> things that the artists would use and likened them to a
> painting
> already done. Most found this to be challenging and had to
> study the
> artist as well as come up with their next painting. The
> Craypas was
> a good media as it played into the dabbing style or
> smoothed out with
> paint thinner.
> I wrestled with this as copying but I tried to preface it
> with Art
> History and not a copy of a single work. The one's who
> were very
> successful would include this piece with their A.P. work
> and even
> used it as a concentration project.


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