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Re: Children as artists

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Wed, 31 Jan 1996 19:58:15 -0500


>Date: Tue, 30 Jan 1996 06:39:24 -0800
>From: hklein (Harriet L. Klein )
>Subject: Re: Children as artists
>To: shildret (Sandra Hildreth)
>
>You wrote:
>>
>>To all involved in the discussion concerning colored matting for
>children's
>>artwork:
>>
>>I like to think of children as artists - because they are capable of
>>producing wonderfully expressive and unique creations that have
>artistic
>>merit. High school students create on a higher level. College art
>majors on
>>a still higher level - very close to that of a true Artist. But
>visualize
>>this: it could be possible for a child, or group of children, to drip
>and
>>splatter paints onto a large canvas on the floor that could end up
>looking
>>like Jackson Pollack had done it. Does that make them as significant
>an
>>Artist as Jackson Pollack? Of course not. They did not have the life
>>experiences he had that inspired him to work as he did. They were not
>>influenced by the maddening post WWII world and the recognition of the
>fact
>>that for the first time ever mankind had the potential to destroy the
>>entire planet. There were and still are all sorts of influences on
>adult
>>Artists that help them shape their work into the personal responses
>that
>>they are. Children, whether pre-school or even some in college, are
>still
>>much the product of their teachers. Many college students have yet to
>>venture beyond "assignments" and really seek to know and understand
>and
>>express themselves in their work. When they do, they are in the
>process of
>>becoming Artists.
>>
>>Colored mats? If it enhances their work, helps to make a pleasing
>display,
>>and enables children and their parents to feel good about art, why
>not?
>>When young artists are in the process of entering careers in art,
>preparing
>>portfolios, entering juried competitions or putting up their senior
>shows -
>>it should be the responsibility of their teachers to inform them that
>there
>>are different standards for Artists. (White, neurtral mats, etc.).
>>
>>Sandy Hildreth
>>
>>
>>
>I think there is a book called "The Art of Children" or some-such
>thing. I read it years ago. It told that children are not burdened by
>the constraints that we harbor and the rules. Therefore they can just
>naturally be freer than us. Marc Chagall and the post-primitive artists
>mimic children's art. I teach 5th. grade here in Lynwood California.
>These inner-city children need positive imput. I show them the
>primitive artists. I photograph their work and display them in cut
>frames as slides alongside the art that I think they matched. It's
>quite an experience to see these children's self-esteem raised. Any
>ideas for me. Please, foward this to the webb and ask anyone else to
>reply.
>
>Thanks
>Harriet Klein
>--
>Dali (and Deborah)
>