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Re: Plagiarism in art class

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kprs_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Mon Feb 18 2002 - 13:55:28 PST


I have never let my students 'lift' images from day 1. And
 I know my students work is not as 'strong' visually as
 those art teachers that allow their students to 'lift'
 images from everywhere (specifically magazines). I
 personally think it is stronger, but when kids see other
 kids' work at arts festivals get awards and those images
 are lifted, it just verifies what I teach them...and that
 is, as a society we are willing to settle for that which
 is easier. I won't allow them to settle. I won't allow
 them to be human zerox machines. They draw from life, or
 they 'reference',which is to say they find images that
 represents what they are looking for (i.e. looking for
 pictures of an elephant), and create an elephant from
 scratch based on what characteristics an elephant has from
 those references. It's hard work, and yes, it is an
 academic exercise...but it's truer than plagerism, which
 to me is false in the Shakespearean way. "Heaven truly
 knows that thou art false as hell" Othello.

San D

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