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Re: Re:question of value

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menichino (menichino)
Wed, 14 Jul 1999 10:50:26 -0400

Hi --
I rarely have kids copy from masterworks, but I do it with 2nd graders. I
reinforce the idea of masterworks, famous paintings. I let them choose,
from a selection of postcards, the piece that "calls" to them. We discuss
why I'm asking them to be copycats (which usually has a negative
connotation). We talk about how their ability to draw observable shapes
see will improve, their skills at mixing colors to match that on the
masterwork will improve (we used craypas this year), and they will be more
"art smart" -- becoming familiar with another artist's name and subject
matter. As they work they realize (with my coaching) that while their copy
will not look like the original (I tell them if I wanted a perfect copy I
would have taken it to the copy machine) -- they will be making CHOICES as
they go along -- do I want to include that shape or line, what colors would
I mix here, etc. So that what they end up with will actually be more about
them than the artist they copied from. Thanks for asking the question --
("why is this valued?") -- seems like I ask myself that question a Lot!!
Liz in rural NY
> >I see a number of lesson plans which culminate in a student painting
> >like some other dead artist. Why is this valued?
> I don't think this is an unreasonable question to ask. I think it is very
> healthy for art educators to question the way things have always been