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Re: Artful Brain  ( classroom metaphor)

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lindwood_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Tue Feb 24 2004 - 19:56:52 PST


Patty,
    Your student with the sketchbook full of ideas and no produced art
would confound most any teacher. Such an active mind and so self
directed and content, but no production. That doesn't fit our mold,
does it? But she may turn out to be some great Einstein type later in
her life because she was allotted this time in her life to dream and
play. Did she try at all to work out her ideas and then give up or fall
short, or did she just prefer the drawing and idea stage to the
creation? I think it's great that she is always dreaming and planning,
sketching and thinking. Equally interesting are those who have so many
ideas that they don't know how to zero in on any of them. I know that's
not a very productive way live, but there must be places for idea
people. Not everyone need to produce, but we always need ideas. In the
right setting, other people can produce the ideas for her. Just that
there aren't many of those "right settings," out there, are there?

Linda Woods

Visit our student's web art gallery at St.John's School

www.sjs.org
 click on "Stories of SJS," click on "Arts Stories," click on Linda
Woods' name. View artwork by Lower, and Middle School students as well
as our art archives.

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