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Re: technique vs. expression


From: Art Sherwyn (art_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Mar 15 2001 - 09:23:39 PST

    I've been reading a lot of responses rergarding techinique vs.
expression. I'll sum up my thoughts very simply to keep this short.
Expression without technique does not make sense to me. Expression builds
the character, technique builds talent. "In the end I believe that true
artists create emotion not information." Yet, the emotional impact can be
much greater if the artist has good technical skills.
    You probably notice that when the projects are creative, the students
are smiling, and when the projects are technical the students are serious.
Our students, depending on their age can stay serious for only so long. If
you don't bring in the lessons on creativity you will eventually lose their
    I better stop now because when they get long they seem to get deleted.
Less is more.
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Subject: Re: technique vs. expression

> With my younger grades, I don't focus on technique, except in a few
> such as brush writing, but encourage them to express themselves. I do
> the elements , line, color, shape etc and using them in their work and
> finding out how other artists use them. I do demonstrate the correct way
> use a new art media we've never used before, such as oil pastels, clay,
> when we start a new project, but encourage experimentation.
> My older grades, I spend more time on technique and drawing activities
> (3rd,4th and 5th) I feel they want to learn to draw and reproduce their
> better and need more guidance. I also stress learning and using the
> and introduce artists that go with each project. I always keep on hand
> materials the kids can use in their free time. they are able to use anyway
> they choose. Like modeling clay, learn to draw books, stamps, extra
> paper, tangrams, magnets and magnet boards. Paper, scissors, glue,
> crayons are always available for free work.
> So far, this has worked for me. JH
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