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Re: Good art-bad art

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Rosa Juliusdottir (rojul)
Tue, 14 Jul 1998 00:14:37 -0500


Hi everyone. I am really happy these days when I read my artsednet mail
because lots of good stuff is being discussed. I am prepairing my answer to
Craigs three questions and I love this good art-bad art stuff.
First of all it is possible almost impossible for us to decide for sure
what is good art and what bad, it usually gets decided later on by art
historians, art critics etc. But we must have our opinions and try to teach
our students that they can have their opinions too. There is for sure the
principle of design and all that but somehow that does not seem
sufficient(maybe not correct spelling) to me. Nor is there any criteria
that will tell us just what is good and what is bad. Yes, there are some
unwritten rules we(in the arts seem to know) almost unconciously go by when
judging a work of art, something we have learned about, something almost
impossible to explain. But we know why some art works are just not right or
donīt do what they are supposed to do. At the same time we also go to some
exhibitions and are overwhelmed and know exactly and mostly agree that
"this is great". Why? What are these unwritten rules we all know? Art
education is such a broad education, when well tought, that it teaches
this.
I really agree with Ben when he says:
<I will agree with everyone who states that visual images can be used for
<communication. That brings teachers at two problems. 1. How can I
learn(teach?) <my students to read what is the message in that visual
object (if I can read
<it myself)?
<2. How can I train my students to use visual images as communication tools
in a <way that they really work?
<When I have reached both goals, my time is over and I do not have to
<discuss about art at all.
Yes, we must teach our students to use visual language and be perceptive.
Percepion is in my estimation a very important tool for everyone. I you
are perceptive you can tell what is good art and what is bad. This is
something that must start very early, 4 or 5 the latest. With good art
teaching from that age you can make sure that you teach your students each
in their own way to be able to judge for them selves what is bad art and
what good. It will never be the same for everyone.
Best regards from the far north, Rosa