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>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
I guess many of you know I wrote an entire book covering more than 80
famous artists from the Renaissance to the Present, where kids imitate
their styles and techniques. However, nowhere in the book do any of the
projects even come close to copy-catting (is that a word?). Here's
something that I love about doing these projects with children: their
eyes light up in a strange and wonderful way, like when they were
learning about dinosaurs or collecting rocks or planning an imaginary map
of their own world. Those of you who teach younger kids know what I
mean!! The point is, kids get all dreamy and motivated and very "into"
learning about (and imitating styles of) great artists. They become calm
and very introspective. It's a great experience to teach and to watch!!!
They seem to find something very "important" about doing this "work". I
love being around kids when they are deeply motivated in art, and this is
one of those categories: Discovering Great Artists.