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Re: my response to tracing

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Sun, 19 Dec 1999 17:16:28 EST

Thank you, Judy, for your remarks. Students who opt for easy solutions to
problems are not learning much more than a way out and I applaud your
sensibilities regarding this matter. It occurs to me that the "esteem
builders" are showing that one way for the student to achieve success is to
demonstrate a lack of discipline and find the easy route. Do we educate by
teaching how to circumvent work? I concur that the special needs student is
an exception, but I find that making excuses and teaching questionable values
in the name of art are off-putting. If there was a clear way to understand
how to teach the process of tracing to the benefit of the artist and then
moving her off of tracing to the development of drawing skills I would be
less adamant. I still wonder if a student who feels compelled to trace
achieves a sense of accomplishment. Do they not recognize their shortcomings
and opt for a second rate solution? I am reminded of a passage in Norman
Rockwell's autobiography where he mentioned a classmate who stated (and I
paraphrase), "if i worked as hard as Rockwell I could draw as good as he
does." The reply..."then why don't you?" Happy holidays

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