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Re: [teacherartexchange] ideas, copying, fear


From: Rebecca Burch (mamallama_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Feb 10 2006 - 06:24:11 PST

I like the 5 changes idea. I hope he will, too. I think the biggest
problem is not so much the copying but the shutting down when met with
a challenge. I understand not being able to be creative on demand,
but I think the biggest lesson I want him to learn is the one about
giving it a try.

Maybe the 5 changes thing will give him the feeling of having sort of
a creative "safety net" and he'll give it a go.


On 2/9/06, M. Austin <> wrote:
> 6th grade is a scary time for many kids. Have you shown him specific ways to
> be creative? I have a hard time being creative on demand, and used to hate
> it when I was supposed to just come up with an idea on the fly. Then I came
> across an instructor who told us that it was perfectly ok to copy your
> neighbor - as long as you make five changes. So, if I show an example and
> you copy it - if I made my person green then you can make yours purple. If I
> put rectangles in the background then you can put stripes. By the time all 5
> changes have been made the piece will barely resemble the original.
> ~Michal
> K-12 Kansas Art Teacher
> > So I'm having a really big problem with a boy in my 6th grade class
> > who refuses to think for himself. He will not come up with original
> > ideas for his work, and always tries to copy my example. I've started
> > just giving instruction on media and not giving an example for each
> > project, and he just copies his neighbor.>>
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