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I must apologize, in advance, if this information has already been presented on this intriguing topic of why clip art is important and should be considered an integral part of art... especially as it relates to the use of digitizing art or computer generated art.
When I read the first anti-clipart responses, I believed this was a very limiting view of the subject, yet I couldn't get beyond a gut response that every art teacher should teach kids to know about it, use it, and manipulate it.
Then, as I was working on a website for an organization to which I belong, some other reasons began to dawn on the slow left-brain. I was taking logos that others had created...ie clipart (now) and inserting these pieces into a variety of situations for use on our website. I had to change the color, add a background to accentuate the logo, and group the objects. Aren't those important, need to know topics?
In another instance, I took scanned line drawings and grouped them in a block. Now these images are considered clipart.
In the last instance, I used TEXTART, aka WORDART and embellished it with, dare I say it, packaged clipart.
I wanted the stars from one piece, so I ungrouped the entire piece of clipart....selected the stars....cut them...rotated them...made an unrotated copy...thereby multiplying my stars in a way which was automatically symmetrical...something that would have expended quite a bit of time and effort...by hand.
Anyone who is putting art in a digital format or creating art with the use of computer multimedia, needs to know the ins and outs of the processes. I think using packaged clipart to teach the multitude of lessons on color, symmetry, grouping/ungrouping, display, and a variety of other critically important art basics is the only way to go.
There are other reasons, and I hope I didn't repeat some other ArtsEdNetter who posted a similar response.
Have a great day,
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