What scientist said: " If I have achieved greatness, it was because I
have stood on the shoulders of giants"? The improvement of mankind is
based upon building on the learning of others before you. Why would art
be any different?
Interesting quote - I have come to realize the 'great lessons' I am coming
up with in my classroom over the years are being thought of in classroom
everywhere at the same time... so anything that I truly thought of as unique
really isn't... much like the science world. How many times are great
developments/discoveries announced where they truly belong to one
scientist/one country? It is really neat to watch as places all over the
world announce that they were working on the same thing. We are products of
As for copying - well you never read the same book twice - I never do the
same lesson twice. The students/class make-up have part ownership... new
materials (my answer to technology in the classroom) influence what we do...
an article I read may change my thinking, reflection makes it better. A
lesson is just an organism. On some of the rubrics I have done for the
other content teachers to incorporate art into an assessment strategy - the
last part is kind of like extra credit - how did you leave your thumbprint
on the assignment? What did you do to make it yours? I don't care if the
student incorporated other work into their product - where is their
When I read about high schools and colleges running plagiarism software on
papers - I have to wonder if the questions were worded properly - they would
be no way that a student could cheat... I mean really - if we can all get
the same answer from the same place - why are we asking that question?