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Lesson Plans


Re: artist as teacher

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department of the interior (staceyb)
Tue, 13 Jul 1999 13:18:31 -0700


>I see a number of lesson plans which culminate in a student painting
>like some other dead artist. Why is this valued?
>
>tom johnsen

I am guessing that Tom is more interested in encouraging students' creative
expressions, thus his question.
I believe that fostering a young artist's visual voice is one of the most
valuable things to facilitate as an arts educator, and I tend not to have
them do copying. I encourage students to explore techniques, while using
their own imagery, so it's not irrelevant (to their mind) subject matter
from some "dead" artist.

Also, I value what Lisa had to say:
>You can learn alot about technique from copying. It is a learning
method- a
>jumping spot. The value is the process rather than the copied
product.

In addition, Tom's question is more or less "inflammatory" depending on the
age group one is working with. I teach high school, so many of the
students have a more sophisticated view of the world, than say, some 2nd
graders that do Van Gogh with oil pastel and learn alot about the
expressive power of color and stroke. Yet, even those 2nd graders should be
encouragd to explore with the technique and build confidence in developing
their own imagery.

-Stacey Bernstein

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"A work of art is above all an adventure of mind."
- Eugene Ionesco (1912 - 1994)

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