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RE: computers


From: Duffey, Patrick G. (DuffeyP_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Feb 16 2005 - 09:11:09 PST

Yes indeed just a tool not a panacea.


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Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2005 7:29 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: computers


In an age of visual communication, not giving students a foundation in
the elements and principles of art is equal to not teaching the alphabet
in a reading class. Just because you can work the technology does not
mean you are visually articulate. Last year the principal asked our tech
specialist to design business cards for all the teachers. They were
atrocious. No apparent layout, text in every unreadable typeface
imaginable, no balance or unity - just showing off all the "tricks" he
learned on the computer but the worst business cards I had ever seen and
I worked as a graphic artist for 15 years before becoming an art
teacher. It was the perfect example of why kids need to learn art to
skillfully use the technology. ---