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Re: Teaching the merits of abstract art

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Bicyclken_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat Mar 10 2001 - 20:01:48 PST


I tell the kids that most teachers try to avoid the Nonobjective mode of
design because it is difficult to do and because it is hard to teach.
Nonobjective design is the use of the principles of composition and with
colors, shapes, values lines, textures, etc., you can achieve an interest and
subject that is more theory than subject. When we use subjects we see the
realism or lack of realism and grade that on those principles. Nonobjective
design is viewed as a piece of art that employs design and color to produce
interest and composition.

My kids are doing this right now and I have had very few say that it is not
art. But few say that I don't like it. Well, I have to come back and say
that art is made of many mode or styles, this is a style that takes a lot of
problem solving and you must look at it as an intellectual challenge and try
an d use the principles of design to make something that you can like.

I find this to be an eye opener for them. The one who are going on to college
have got to see there is more to art than making something look real and then
they see the challenge of art modes and forms and will be able to start to
create in these modes.

Ken Schwab
San Jose CA

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