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I've just spent the last few days going through donated Arts and Activities
magazines from 1980 to 1990. I have cut out, and categorized all the
articles that interest me. I'm most excited about all the clip and save
prints that I found! The reason I'm writing though, is that I found it very
interesting how we all seem to be "steeped" in Arts and Activities. Many of
the excellent ideas I've seen on the list, I saw in the magazines. Even
lessons I use, but didn't know where I got the ideas, I found in there (must
have been passed down from other teachers who subscribed to the magazine).
I wonder if we even realize that many of our ideas came from there? It
really is a good magazine.
This also gets me thinking about originality in general . . . is anything we
do in art really new? I can't tell you how many times I've visually
responded to an issue in what I thought was a unique way, only to open up
Art in America, or ArtNews and see that some other contemporary artist got
there first! Then I think, did I see that before, or are we (the other
artist and I) coming from the same experience? It reminds me of when I was a
child, I used to try to write songs, but every tune I came up with was
Just some rambling thoughts . . .
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