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To use examples of dead (and living) artist's artwork is NOT copying and
it is NOT stifling creativity,,,,,,,, It IS, however a way in which to
illustrate certain elements and principles of art. It is a way to link
students to HISTORY and to CULTURES (similiar and very different from their
individual realities). It is a way to introduce certain techniques and
processes of the arts in a familiar way....... It is a WAY to make them
REMEMBER those concepts - perhaps the next time they see a Mona Lisa they can
recall how the darkness and lightness is used in the painting.
Remember..... There are NO TRULY new ideas..... only those birthed from
previous experience..... New, in their own right, of course but with a