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Re: technique vs. expression

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PHimmelber_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Tue Mar 13 2001 - 13:54:21 PST


Interesting thoughts, Chayne and valid given timely application. At the
elementary level technique has limited value. Developmentally, the younger
ones do not need it because technique is so closely tied to perception. Much
2-d technique addresses adult perception, quite different in the child.
Around 4th grade I introduce certain techical matters, enough to prompt, yet
still give full rein to their own ideas on how to create. I have come to see
that most of my 6th grade (11 and 12 yo) have some difficulty with
perspective. Lowenfeld advises that they are still too young, but I
stubbornly persist in trying to expain depth in 2-d to the more mature
artists in this age group. Junior high students appreciate technique as an
adult mode of expression and are likely to try to grasp certain technical
aspects... high school students need a balance... and I would say, based on
individual need. In fact, I caution my college students not to get too
wrapped up in technique, and address such matters one on one, unless the
entire class is off base. Peter

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