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I agree - except I don't always think this is such a bad idea (to direct
the gifted and talented into careers other than the arts). I see a lot
of students who have artistic vision and talent, but no aspirations
about being an artist, so I do try to direct them into other careers. I
think it takes a lot of personal committment and dedication to be an
artist (which is maybe why I'm a teacher first and an artist second) and
I just don't think it's meant for every person who can skillfully wield
a pencil, paintbrush, or chisel. We need creative, visionary people in
every walk of life. I often tell students who are critical about
developing their drawing skills, if I had to have brain surgery, I'd
like a surgeon who could draw well, because that would indicate strong
hand/eye coordination and good perception!
-- Sandra Hildreth C.L.A.S.S. (Cultural Literacy through Art & Social Studies) http://www.northnet.org/mwcsart/mwart.htm Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660 Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617