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Dorian Lewis/Art & Technology

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Thu, 29 Feb 1996 07:11:33 -0500

To Dorian Lewis and all the other Art student teachers, or novice teachers
who are venturing into cyberspace seeking answers to what are very
important questions to them - keep on asking them! It's too bad someone
posted what you felt was a rude response, but I think I have a suggestion
that might eliminate problems like that. Our email addresses don't tell
much about ourselves, so when we sign a message, try including a brief
description or title that would help communicate your position in life. I
decided to do that so I wouldn't feel I had to preface every message with a
statement about being both a high school Art teacher and a college Methods
teacher. Your questions are worth asking, we can all benefit from them
whether we know the answers or learn them from someone else.

To Diane C. Gregory:
Great statement about Art & Technology - exactly what has been swimming
around in my mind for years. Whether using word processing applications, or
graphics, or cruising the net - the computer provides such neat
opportunities to start over, revise, "change horses in mid-stream", redo,
undo, reword, and so on - what artists and other creative people have
always done with every media we've ever worked with. I remember trying to
explain this to my administration about 5 years ago when I realized how
great it would be to have a computer in my art room. It was, and still is,
like trying to talk to a brick wall. I have better luck showing them,
rather than telling, but the problem is that a lot of people still see the
computer as just a quicker, easier tool. They don't really take advantage
of the flexibility it offers. I see this in web page design - there are
some that obviously had a lot of thought put into their design - they
download quickly, they're aesthetically arranged, pleasing colors, etc.,
nice mix of text and graphics, and they look like an artist composed them.
Then there are others that (my apologies to all creative secretaries) look
like a secretary just slapped them together with no thought as to how they
would be visually perceived or used.

Your example of students doing research using the web, laserdisks and
CD-ROM's is just what I want to be going on in my classroom too. I'd love
them to find out how much fun research can be, seeking your own answers to
your own questions, And the best part is that everyone can research the
same topic, as you described, and all come up with different information
and interpretations. This is why Art Education is so essential - isn't this
what we want our astronauts in the space shuttle to be able to do when they
encounter a problem? If you had to have brain surgery, wouldn't you want a
skilled physician who knew how to explore and research for the best
approach to your particular problem - before your brain was exposed?

Sandy Hildreth <shildret>
7-12 Art, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617