This might be heresy, but I think copying has its place in art
education. I used copying to teach an oil pastel lesson on gridding and
enlarging a visually appealing food image from magazines. The students
enlarged their images onto 18"x12" drawing paper and used the food
advertisement to blend and match colors. This was a 2-3 week project for
7th graders, but the results were often dazzling. Years later, students
and parents used to tell me that they still had the pictures.
"Technology - opening minds with a new set of keys"
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From: Peggy Woolsey [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2008 1:58 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Learning by copying?
On 22-Aug-08, at 5:00 PM, Cheryl Lloyd wrote:
> I agree with you, Diane.
I copy all the time. That sounds bad I know. But without bringing
Marshall McLuhan and other media gurus into the discussion, I can simply
state that understanding culture comes in many forms. One of these forms
is copying. What is collage but the bringing in of media from diverse
parts of one's world? Originality is quite an idea, one that I think is
greatly overblown. But of course I love Marvin like everyone else.
Finally getting a summer day in late August, 3 days before schools