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Who are Artists?

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craig roland (rol1851.EDU)
Sat, 10 Feb 1996 22:04:07 -0500

Not to beat this "Who are Artists?" discussion into the ground, I thought
I'd add something to the dialogue. As a teacher educator, I work with both
elementary classroom teachers and art teachers (at both the preservice and
inservice levels). In my elementary art methods class (for preservice
classroom teachers), students frequently complain that they aren't
"artists" and shouldn't be expected to act like "artists" in class. I tell
them, that I'm not "training them to be artists" but to "think like
artists." Along this line, I present the following list (with slides) to
illustrate what this means.

Learning how to think like an artist means learning how to:

* reframe problems and ideas in order to generate new perspectives.

* find relationships between different ideas and events.

* find beauty in everyday things and situations.

* arrange things in different and interesting ways.

* go beyond the obvious and avoid habitual thinking.

* work hard and at the edge of your potential.

* take conceptual risks and expose yourself to possible failure.

* persist where others may give up.

* dream and fantasize.

* rely on yourself rather than others to judge the worth of your ideas and work.

* suspend judgement so that all possibilities might be considered.

* do something simply because it's interesting and personally challenging to do.

* drop unproductive ideas and temporarily set aside stubborn problems.

* concentrate your effort and attention for long periods of time.

I'm sure that that there are other thinking skills and dispositions
involved in the act of artistic creation. But, these seem to cover much of
the territory.

Craig Roland
University of Florida

~ Art is one of the few things left worth doing ~
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