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Re: what we do best


Date: Wed Mar 02 2005 - 03:59:12 PST

In a message dated 3/1/05 3:10:08 PM, writes:

> we make wonderful programs from short ends

You say it so well, Patty...and George Szekely has a lot to say about this
subject in the cover article of the January 2005 ART EDUCATION magazine:

“Students should be as well prepared for an art class as the art teacher.
Art teaching is preparing students to search for art and ideas all the time and
to bring their findings to class. Students should arrive with pockets and
notes filled with objects and ideas, having searched, picked up, fixed, built,
and taken things apart. Students should also leave every art class feeling
that they have great ideas and plans to further explore them. P. 44

“A good art teacher involves students in every aspect of the search for
ideas, materials, and techniques.” P. 44

“…art supplies were scarce, but residency in an area of warehouses and
factories held unlimited opportunities for young treasure seekers. Soon every
corner of the art room was overflowing with street finds and industrial discards
hauled in by students…Artistic search and rescue in environmental art supply
stores allowed creative independence even for the youngest student. Our
trademark was finding, searching, collecting, and shopping for possibilities in all
forms. Students who participated in all parts of the art planning and
search demystified how an artist or art teacher finds ideas.” P. 47

From “Teaching Students to Become Independent Artists: A Film Script
Art Education January 2005.

Hear George at NAEA:
8-8:50 The Video Art of Children
George Szekely and Ilona Szekely
          202 Hynes CC, 2nd Level

Meet George at his altered books exhibit:
5-7 &Boox&Dex&Box&
          Salon Exhibit in TAB Suite
          Sheraton Boston Hotel, Room TBA

and hear more about objects and student collections at
4-4:50 The Power of Objects
Katherine Douglas, Cathy Weisman Topal, Bob Hepner
     200 Hynes CC, 2nd Level