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Lesson Plans

orginal vs. repro

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Sun, 28 Jul 1996 21:44:42 -0400

Sheila, Here are some thoughts regarding the value of aesthetic experience
when viewing an original or a reproduction. If the work is 3-D, no one can
come near to a comparable aesthetic experience in a reproduction. However,
with 2-D art, good reproductions can come close, particularly for beginning
viewers. Beginners are going to be more interested in the content, and less
likely to miss the lack of texture, surface quality and difference of size.
For more advanced viewers interested in technique, artistic intention, and
subtleties, the experience will always be "fuller" with the real thing. For
another viewpoint, check out this article: "Subjective Responses to Paintings
as Originals, Colored Slides and Colored Prints," by Hardiman and Zernach,
Studies in Art Education 25 (1984).

Also, to Sandra: Thank you for stating the priorities of
parent/teacher/artist so eloquently. As a parent of young children, I am glad
to hear there is a time to create in the future!!!