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Re: What are you thoughts on copying?

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Sidnie Miller (sidmill.us)
Sat, 24 Jan 1998 08:17:10 -0800 (PST)


My son got me a fascinating book called Picasso and Photography, The
Dark Mirror by Anne Baldasari. I was amazed at how much photos
influenced his work. He felt that photography gave him access to
primal visions and used it as a machine for seeing. Of course I
believe that most of the images were his photos, but many of us labor
under the misconception that we must create art from life--not 2-D images.
I went to a talk once where it was recommended that secondary level
kids spend the first week of the class collected a picture file. They
were to gather as many images as they could find from magazines etc.in
a broad area such as animals, people, landscapes, happiness, grief etc.
Then the kids could manipulate, study, collage, copy, combine etc. for
the rest of the year so that they couldnever say I can't think of
anything. For what it's worth I think that copying a drawing successfully
in the middle school level is very valuable. The kids need to learn to
control images before they manipulate them. It is important to explain
that this is not their original work, however. Sid

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