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I love Joseph's comments about getting kids to see the connnections with many things
and to try new approaches. Agreed that technique isn't important, except for those who
have the desire to persure particular areas of skills. I'd really like to see
students develop more appreciation of the visual arts and not get so hung up on the
drawing thing. Some students don't care to learn that skill ( not that I don't
encourage them to anyways). The intinsic motivation isn't always there. When students
don't want to draw and feel they can't
( and adults too) they sometimes shut down in art class. It's our job to show them
otherwise, that drawing isn't the only avenue to enjoying art.
Joseph Augusta wrote:
> Joseph Augusta wrote:
> > MPBC90 wrote:
> > > It was disheartening when I realized a pervasive "I can't draw" attitude
> > amongst
> > > the faculty at my school.
> > Shouldn't be. Drawing by hand is only one of the means available today to
> > reproduce our ideas visually. All of the great artists throughout time have
> > worked with the latest technology--Leonardo is certainly the most prominent.
> > What's more important for youngsters is to try to get them to think like artists:
> > to see connections between things not usually connected, to try out new things
> > that haven't been done before, or things that don't at all seem to be art, to
> > have them go to their strength--that is, things that are easy for them to do--and
> > refine that strength into a visual form of communication. These things are
> > important---technique, isn't, unless the young artist wishes to develop these
> > skills--but if not, and this is ever more the case these days--execution can be
> > left to others if the artist only wants to deal with his or her ideas.
> > best wishes,
> > Joseph