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Re: Art Centers


Date: Thu Feb 26 2004 - 19:07:16 PST

In a message dated 2/26/2004 7:02:38 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:
As an adult,
given a set of watercolors and paper I could paint for the
rest of my life as I plan to do.
I didn't understand when I first jumped into this train of thought that the
examples, motivators and resources were given along with the materials.
Given watercolors and paper, I too could paint the rest of my life.But not
all children are gifted to be able to do this without guided practice.
Sometimes, examples, motivators and resources galore wont start the ideas or
confidence flowing. It might be the exception, but it happens.
After visiting the websites, I now understand the concept better. This seems
great for the self-motivated, but some need to be encouraged, some take off
and need nothing but their own ideas and some paint.
As far as adults are concerned, I benefit from being around others whose
techniques and style are different from my own. I learn from them if I'm brave
enough to try something I've never done before. My motivation wont be exhausted,
but sometimes my technique needs
instruction and I challenge myself to try something new.Not all children are
this confident. Some need guided instruction, and can barely achieve the most
basic of skills.
 That doesn't mean they wont do better with practice, but in the beginning
they are unsure and don't want to be left alone. Others you can just add
materials, and no "stirring" is necessary.
(I've also seen some adults paint the same darn thing with the same technique
for years.)
It's similiar to the Montessori techniques, and it works for some but guided
practice works
too. Take portraiture, you wouldn't get far without guidance at first.
 I'm still a fan of the teacher demo and the "One on one", when needed.
That doesn't mean their picture has to look like mine when their done either,
I prefer the individual touch and expression that's one of a kind.
 There's never a set formula that works for all- you need to work with each
one and give 'em what they need.
We're in agreement here, I just didn't understand the logistics of the