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Funny you should mention digital cameras. I've picked up 2 so far
so that the kids can play with them and their notions of the
importance of representational perfection.
For one thing I know that the camera won't give them what they
THINK they are seeing but it can get them closer to feeling
successful. I'm thinking of pointing them at photo collage and
seeing if we can get past the ""seeming"" barriers of maturity
and technical skill and play more directly with composition.
I have no idea how many teachers burned out their vocal chords
telling me "important" things over and over. I "got it" when I
got it. ;-) Usually it took a long long time. (Hmmmmmmm obviously
I have to remind myself about this with regard to my OWN teenager
Unexpected (unintended) results and happy accidents are things we
eventually learn, as artists, to go with. Some of us come harder
to relinquishing the illusion of control than do others. (AND,
after making the transition, we can easily get carried away for a
Duchamps might argue with you about whether orr not art just
"happens" Even Picasso let a few bits of unashamed extemp
elaboration slip in. I'm not so sure how important it is to
insist that art be created. If you wander back through the museum
I bet you will find examples of "art" which were metamorphed into
art by curators and directors. This is especially true when, in
modern terms, we deal with the so-called tribal or primitive
artifacts which are displayed as art. Any anthropologist will
tell you that they are nothing like art---as it is commonly or
popularly discussed today. Certainly has little if anything to do
with creativity. Creativity is quite often frowned upon relative
to traditional, spiritual, phenomena.
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