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N. Jaeger:Art&Tech

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Mark Larson (mlarson)
Mon, 11 Mar 1996 21:17:25 -0600


Numo Jaeger's recent post said in part:

"I guess some of us art teachers out here are afraid of the devaluing of the
old art forms. I guess I kind of am..."

I was very skeptical at first, especially trying to use old Commodore and
original Apple II's (64K ---WOW!) But gradually added it to my definition
of art rather than a devaluing of old forms. The
"classical" ideas of painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, fibers,
and jewelry hasn't been diminished but enhanced by the introduction of
photography, performance art, video, and computer manipulation.

Numo's point about the tactile qualities of the art production experience
is well taken. The act of painting, for example is a wonderful mixture of
smells, feelings, movement, sight, and often sound. These will probably
never be duplicated digitally and I why the traditional art making
materials and processes aren't in any danger of disappearing. (Well,
politics aside, at least...). Some of the new graphics tablets like the
WACOM tablet have cordless styluses that are pressure sensitive and can
digitally duplicate the characteristics of traditional media, such as paint
flow and buildup qualities, for example. Software can even add light
reflection off of "daubs" of paint to look like thick globs of paint. Some
of these styluses now have a digital eraser that works that way as well.
But the output is still as sterile as the printer paper used. I've printed
with inkjets on watercolor paper and liked some of the results.

Obviously, tech art won't be for every one.

* Mark Larson, Art Teacher *
* Lincoln High School *
* 1801 16th Street So. *
* Wisconsin Rapids, WiI 54494 *
* School: 715.423.1520 *
* e-mail: mlarson *
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See you soon on the World Wide Web!

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* Mark Larson, Art Teacher *
* Lincoln High School *
* 1801 16th Street So. *
* Wisconsin Rapids, WiI 54494 *
* School: 715.423.1520 *
* e-mail: mlarson *
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See you soon on the World Wide Web!

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  • Maybe reply: Bob Greaves: "Re: N. Jaeger:Art&Tech"