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Re: What are you thoughts on copying?

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Pygment (Pygment)
Mon, 19 Jan 1998 01:23:24 EST

I think that part of our responsibility as art educators is to expose
students to several different methods of working, as well as mediums, art
history, critiquing, and appreciation. Yes, some kids prefer to draw from
imagination, but artists have worked from both life and copies for ages.
Copying "masterworks" was the norm for those apprenticed in the arts for
years. Even today, you will see students hunched over a sketchpad as you walk
through the Metropolitan. The trick is in teaching students to find
inspiration in their copying studies, and to help them find ways to
personalize their artwork.
No, this doesnt' work for ALL students, but as I said, it's up to us to
find a balance which gives students the broadest exposure to as many
methodologies as possible.

Deb Meier-Sprague
Batavia City Schools
Batavia, NY