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Lesson Plans

tracing over and over

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Tom Johnsen (koordt)
Sat, 18 Dec 1999 06:34:54 -0700

I agree with Artie. Besides tracing done, not taught, and if it is
taught, then something is learned in the process. (There are tracings
and tracings). What I think is behind the admantine response to this
unproposed idea is the same prejudice that lies behind copying. That
somehow copying and tracing have got this stigma that it is cheating.
Tracing will never allow anyone to attain the nuance of line and
pressure that drawing will. The "finished" product will always be dead.
But there are techniques in tracing, and there are good reasons to
trace. One traces over a light table to transfer drawings to other
media, one traces the image of a small drawing as it is projected on to
a larger spread of paper by an opaque projector. Certainly one may mix
tracing with drawing, and there are many untried unproduced artworks yet
to be which may very well have as their foundation a tracing. With so
many different ways and reasons to trace, why on earth are we so
punitive about it?

It appears to me that we are teaching children how to step outside the
line. When we make arbitrary restrictions, we should do so in the
context of a specific plan of instruction, and not make a blanket

Tom in Potter

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