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Lesson Plans


question of value/dead artists (some living)etc.

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Rosa Juliusdottir (rojul)
Thu, 15 Jul 1999 10:10:45 -0500


Wow! So many interesting things being discussed here. I am really enjoying
this greatly.
As far as Tomīs question:
>I see a number of lesson plans which culminate in a student painting like
>some other dead artist. Why is this valued?<
I think it is a great question. And I really donīt think it matters if he
is young or old, experienced or inexperienced, the main thing is he asked a
question that got our wheels really turning. The listserv has not been so
good for awhile. Many of the things that flew through my mind have
allready been answered. I too use examples of dead (and living) artist's
artwork as LaDonna does and do not look upon it "as copying or think that
it might stifle creativity,,,,,,,, "I also agree with LaDonna that it can
be used as "a way in which to illustrate certain elements and principles
of art".
But I also find that the question touches something I and my colleagues
here in Iceland have been discussing for awhile; how are we going to
aproach art education in a new century? When we open up the windows to a
new century will it be time for a fresh look at art education? Even though
art education for children is fairly young, things have changed a great
deal since the turn of the last century, all the new media, technology and
in many ways art itself has changed a great deal. How will or has this
affected our teaching?
I still believe we will always continue teaching our student(among other
things) through dead and alive artists and there are many ways of doing
this and it has or can have much value. But I also think we(or rather the
students) donīt always need to end up with some pretty artworks. They must
learn to create for other reasons too. Do most of you feel your students
need to produce a final product; painting, drawing etc. all the time? How
about working with clay and then undo it and be able to use the clay again?
Anyone do that?
Well, enough said now.
Best regards from the far north, Rosa