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Lesson Plans

Re: copying

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Betty Bowen (
Thu, 21 Jan 1999 10:11:22 -0600

I truly believe that is detrimental for students to enter copied work in
exhibits and competitions. It is intensely frustrating for students who have
produced original work to see a drawing copied off a CD cover (or the cover
of Reader's Digest) winning the prize, and it teaches the student who wins
the prize the false value that copying is better than doing their own work -
after all, they were rewarded publicly for it. It amazes me that the people
who jury shows can't tell the difference, or don't care! (ok, I admit lost
the pumpkin painting contest at work this year to a Winnie-the-pooh kit from
Hobby Lobby, so it still happens after all these years)

There is a big difference in using published photos or important works of
art to teach certain concepts - how is value used in this piece, etc... but
to simply encourage/accept the copying of it as a finished piece
accomplishes nothing but teach them to be insecure in their own personal
expression. It happens in "monkey see monkey do" classes as well - except
they're copying from the teacher. Not much difference, really.