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Re: Tracing as a technique~mselle

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Thu, 16 Dec 1999 22:12:54 EST

There are fine motor skills employed in tracing...yet these skills only
develop an ability to trace. Where my mind is narrow, my experience and
education are broadly based. I embrace traditional values of hard work and
practice over shortcuts and my values may be dated but serve well. The
examples you cite are surely outmoded with the widespread use of the
computer. Graphic artists, commercial artists,architects, engineers, pattern
makers, mold makers and dress designers are all using the computer. Artists
who lack the ability to draw well would certainly find tracing useful...
consider that the same number of marks are required to make a tracing as a
duplicate drawing. I am beyond the 1950's (note the computer reference) and
find much of the "whole new approach" to teaching art rather lame with the
exception of DBAE. I am not prejudicing minds by not teaching tracing but my
students and I still manage to learn and have fun.

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