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RE: "I see a number of lesson plans which culminate in a student =
like some other dead artist. Why is this valued?"
I vividly remember the joys of trying to render - in soft pencil - =
and without tracing - photographic copies of favorite movie stars, and =
trying to capture the style of Disney line drawings of the dwarfs from =
Snow White. The challenge was in how close I could get to the originals. =
As college exercises in visual perception, we attempted to emulate our =
favorite artist's in style and in color palette - quite a humbling =
The point being; all human beings are born mimics. That is how we =
first learn to talk, walk, and act. The problem is not with copying, but =
with it's intent! Plagiarism runs rampant in the halls of secondary =
education. When students lift images from photographs or from other flat =
art, and call these productions their own - we have a problem. If on the =
other hand, a student learns from the experience, and attempts to =
transfer only the knowledge gained by this experience, then he or she =
has profited by the exercise.
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