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Excellent point. This is why I tell the kids (toddlers - 12 years old) that
there are no mistakes, just unexpected results when you are learning
something new in art. So many kids expect their artwork to look like the
artists work in the gallery. (not to mention the parents who what precut out
parts for their kids to paste on paper while the parents guide the hands
UGH) I've started asking the artists to include information about their
learning process especially the frustrations in their artist statements.
(So many artist statements are I've always loved to create art, I started
when I was two blah, blah, blah . Giving our concrete thinking kids the
impression that the artist produced artwork they see in the gallery at age
2. (no it is not just the abstracts ;-) )
I remember wanting to be a writer at a young age. By the time I was in 5th
grade I didn't even what to try to put pen to paper I was so frustrated
because nothing I wrote was good enough (having an at the time undiagnosed
LD and vision problem didn't help) I was in 8th grade before anyone told me
that authors revise their work and write many drafts, much less showed me
how to do it. By that time I was convinced I couldn't write.
Kimberly Herbert (kimberly)
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts/Children's Art Museum
From: Lawrence A. Parker [occti]
Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2000 8:48 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: RE: Art Fat Unite and Leave
It makes me wonder, though, how much budding artistic talent we thwart by
erecting standards of "good" and "bad" art?
As the Taoist Lao Tzu said, "We do not recognize Beauty unless we also
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