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RE: [teacherartexchange] copying from photographs

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From: Erika Church (erika.church_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Mar 05 2008 - 13:21:07 PST


 I work in digital collections and deal with copyright regularly. While
I can say she is currently in the better part of a grey area with the
creative duplication of images. As long as the students are not making
scads of cash from their work that is a pretty common practice. As a
teacher myself I like to mix and match techniques. Using a grid is a
great way to illustrate conversion of size. Help to move ideas from
sketch book to canvas. Drawing from still lives builds an individual
perception which is also crucial for a visual artists. Those are just my
two cents, but if I run across any articles I'll send them out.
-E.

E. Church
Digital Collections Specialist

Katherine W. Dumke
Fine Arts & Architecture Library
Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0860
erika.church@utah.edu
ph: 801.585.5921

Art is the lie that reveals the truth.
-Pablo Picasso

-----Original Message-----
From: Ellen Burnside [mailto:ellenburnside@hotmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2008 1:00 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] copying from photographs

I have recently encountered a disagreement with my fellow art teacher
(also department head). She liberally employs the practice of copying
photographs in her classes, from using reference photos for a 1 pt
perspective drawing to making an exact drawing of a photograph using the
grid method. I believe that there are copyright issues involved here.
Even if this type of copying is allowed for student work I don't think
it is advisable to promote a habit that is not accepted later in life
when these students are out of school. I also think that using a
photograph constricts originality and creativity. Furthermore, I feel
the decisions of composition, value range and how to effectively
represent 3D space have already been decided by the photographer who
took the original picture. I believe that it is more helpful to students
to learn to draw from life. I am wondering what the views of other art
teachers are on this matter. I'm also wondering if anyone knows of any
research or published arguements on the subject that represent either
side.

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