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Re: Re[2]: Mail Art Project

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Rita Glass (
Thu, 23 Jan 1997 10:26:56 -0600 (CST)

In our very "now" curriculum...which is very mary Erickson.....all of the
things you outline in your MAILART goals oand objectives ar in place in
our curriculum for 7th grade.........I hope that art teachers of America
are not just doing art of the '50s (Lowenfeld)...where art is done for
the sake of a hands on experience......EVERYTHING YOU OUTLINE IN YOUR

On Thu, 23 Jan 1997, Robert Alexander Fromme wrote:

> At 02:16 PM 1/23/97 est, Carole Osman wrote:
> >
> > I fear that you may be the one who is "confused" about the intention
> > of creating post card collages from "Junk Mail" and other assorted
> > collected pieces of paper.
> Ok, I stand here, egg all over my face, corrected.
> As an (old) art educator (also as one who participated in Mailart and
> other Idea Art activities in the early 70's), I am interested in your
> project. However, I would also hope that those participating in it
> understand that there is an interesting tradition for this kind of
> expression. One would also hope that the students who are involved in your
> event will understand that the seemingly irrational activity will need to
> formulate a solid idea underneath the objects they create. I would hope
> that the project would give rise to classroom discussions about the multiple
> values which are placed upon an art object and even if the art they create
> has no value as an object, a significant idea or a significant art making
> process can give rise to other kinds of values for the work.
> .
> May I play the devil's advocate, here.
> If your project requires that the children create a collage from "junk mail"
> and then send it back into the mail, could you outline just what you see as
> the objectives of the lesson for them.
> Will the children learn anything about Dada, Duchamp, Cubism (collage),
> thirty years of reactions to the control of the art market by business
> forces or other conceptual directions in some of our art over the past
> thirty years?
> Are the youngsters old enough to formulate a solid idea which will give
> significance to their work? The anti-(traditional) art posturing of Dada
> and related developments is often quite confusing to experienced artists and
> college level students. How will the kids come away from your project with
> anything other then confusion or, worse, a sense of art as being trivial.
> In this conceptual tradition, emphasis upon traditional concerns of form
> (elements and principles) in the creation of the objects will not overcome
> the lack of an idea or significant content underneath the production of the
> works .
> Well, I hope the project is a good event and I hope that more learning then
> confusion comes from your project.
> Bob