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Re: What are you thoughts on copying?

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kprs (kprs)
Mon, 19 Jan 1998 06:12:06 -0800


RICKY_A_SMITH wrote:
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> I HAVE ALWAYS USED MAGAZINES,ESPECIALLY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICS FOR MY STUDENTS TO COPY FROM. THE CHILDREN CAN NOT GO TO AFRICA OR INDIA, SO I USE THEM AS VISUAL AIDES TO MOTIVATE. DRAWING WHAT YOU SEE IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF ART.IF YOU DRAW ALL THE DETAILS OF A PHOTOGRAPH ,YOU WILL DO THE SAME OF SOMETHING THAT IS REAL IN FRONT OF YOU. ALL STUDENTS ARE NOT HAPPY DRAWING FROM THEIR IMAGINATION ,SOME ARE COPIERS. NO MATTER HOW MANY STUDENTS COPY THE SAME PICTURE,EACH STUDENT ADDS HIS OWN PERSONAL

How about teaching them about "referencing", which is the art of taking
3 or 4 pictures of different elephants and making one out of it? I can
understand not being able to go to Africa to see an elephant, can you
understand that you are teaching kids to steal someone else's aesthetic
decision about the elephant in the photograph? Also, when doing light
sources, and values, they are rendering a 2d object (the elephant photo)
into a 2d drawing.....it is a heck of a different "animal" to render a
3D object into a 2D drawing, and lastly, as someone who teaches on the
highschool level.....just because a kid is a human xerox machine,
doesn't make him an artist.....and most importantly, if you don't make
the destinction with them over the word "exercise" and the word "art",
they will miss the boat, and ALL colleges (if they intend to go on for
art) will reject any picture they know has been done from a photo,
including their self portraits. (p.s. the same distinction we make
with kids about term papers, and that is no copying.....come up with an
original thought for you...I am heard to say a million times "an
original thought from you beats copying hands down).

P.s. All good metropolises have zoos with elephants...maybe an exercise
should be (as a transistion and aha! for kids, first we "national
geographic" it, and then we draw it)

San D