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Re: [teacherartexchange] Creativity In Art Assignments


From: Darren High (darren_high_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Jun 30 2005 - 13:35:43 PDT

"In defense of the rabbit lesson.... If the objective
is for students
to draw a rabbit from life - from the rabbit that was
brought into the
classroom - then the results will all be a rabbit. Or
if the objective
was to draw a fish from life - the students will all
draw the fish.
Before you are too critical of lessons you find
online, you might want
to consider what the objective may have been?"

The lesson I mentioned about rabbits was something I
observed in an actual classroom. It was designed to
tie into Easter and had all the students making rabbit
faces out of paper plates and pre-cut construction
paper. Naturally all of the projects looked virtually
identical. The classroom was more like a third world
sweatshop for holiday decorations than an actual
public school art classroom which is was suppossed to

I think the teacher could done an Easter themed
assignment involving cutting and pasting and still
allow the students some creativity.

Of course, all of the assignments from this teacher
was along the same lines. All the projects were
linked to holidays and they all generally looked the
same whether they were creating Easter bunnies,
shamrocks, snowmen, hearts, or whatever. The only
skills she seemed to teach was cutting, pasting, and
coloring (including a lot of coloring of preprinted

The art classes were K-4, but that's still no reason
for such restrictive lessons.

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