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Of course the visual arts have always encompassed drawing, painting, and
construction. SEE: http://members.tripod.com/robprod for a comprehensive
overview of what a legitimate art program can accommodate.
>> I would like to take a moment to point out that teaching an art form that
>> identified as a craft does not necessarily eleminate teaching the design
>> principles. The same design principles that enable us to create good
>> or sculptures also enable us to create good craft forms. I sometimes
>> are way too quick to identify and vilify something as a craft. There is
>> wrong with the crafts until someone turns them into
>> type lessons. But those same people do that to painting also. I am amazed
>> the number of people in the visual arts who have extremely narrow ideas
>> what is art.
>I agree with Reatha on how the word "crafts" is often vilified. I
>think--hope--we know the difference between what I call "Krafts with a
>'K' " and _real_ crafts, which are no less an art form than painting or