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RE: Using Examples in the Classroom


Date: Fri Mar 11 2005 - 09:50:36 PST

Shayne, You need to read Marvin Bartel thoughts on creativity killers, one being examples. See this website.


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Subject: Using Examples in the Classroom

Help needed!

What is the thinking on using exemplars or examples when doing a project
with students. I am teaching high school level, really my first year, and
I'm not sure whether I should be showing examples when I am asking them to
do their own creative thinking - either from a historical approach or other
student examples. They don't have much background in art and can't seem to
think up ideas on their own. For example, I asked them to sketch a common
object (we have vases, kitchen utensils, etc. in the room), then to
transform it in some ways using devices based on Nicholas Roukes's books.
They sketched their vases, but then got stuck on the transforming part.
Should I be talking them through this, drawing little thumbnails on the
blackboard, showing examples?