*sigh* Marvin, I'm always in awe of your ideas. I did a quick reading
of your article, thought "Yikes!" when I read it (as in, "Could I really
implement this in a classroom?"), and want to ponder it some more. It
certainly turns my teaching style on its head, even though I think I was
somewhat successful at getting some kids out of their rut. This concept
of mirror neurons is new to me. I'm definitely going to look into it
further, even though I'm no longer teaching; maybe I could implement it
when I sub. I can see how your article could help ME grow as an artist.
Marvin Bartel wrote:
>This boy has an overactive set of mirror neurons. He is driven to imitate. His imagination neurons are rapidly getting smaller from disuse. Brain scientists have recently discovered what we art teachers knew all along. We art teachers call it the Monkey See/Monkey Do mentality. Google mirror neurons to learn more. It is a common genetic condition that afflicts us all.
>Kids love to copy, it is a human trait, but it is not art, and it does not require an art teacher to teach it. WE want to educate the IMAGINATION NEURONS (not yet isolated by science--but they are in there someplace). To this end, I just posted a somewhat revolutionary proposal.
>The Secrets of Generating Art Ideas: An Inside Out Art Curriculum
>Let me know what you think? Share your similar ideas with the list.