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> My questions to you:
> How do you encourage quality art production from your students?
> What things do you do to encourage the best work from each
> individual student? How do you promote originality and
> creativity in your students' artwork? What aspects of art
> production do you consider most important?
> For starters I have a few themes that I constantly drill into students
> to establish a "mindset" about art-making. Regarding "quality", I
> propose that "There is no such thing as mediocre art! Mediocrity is
> boring, no-one likes to watch a boring movie, if a book is boring you
> don't finish it, If music is boring you change the station. ART BY
> DEFINITION MUST BE QUALITY OR IT IS NOT ART!" There are many variations
> on this thesis, but I stay on the idea that it's not art if it's slack,
> and I continuallly remind them that it's my job to push them toward a
> superior performance. Merge this thought with the challenge that, "Only
> you keep yourself from making good art", and keep that thought alive in
> the classroom. It's the dialog and conmmittment to the thesis that
> seems to help insure a quality outcome. Once students have discovered a
> few helpful skills and techniques for improving their image making, and
> begin to believe that underlying form is mostly the awareness and
> application of the principles of design, they begin to make to the leap
> to quality quests. A lot of praise and encouragement along the way are
> essential as well.
a few quick thoughts, gotta jet.............shelton