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Re: Lowenfeld's Illusion of Sky

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craig roland (rol1851.EDU)
Thu, 13 Mar 1997 16:33:44 -0500

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To "One That Walks in The Sky,"

I so enjoyed your posting Mark. I read it around noon today and found
myself thinking about it as I drove across town after lunch. "I looked out
of my car....and thought to myself," I'm driving in the sky." Then I
started thinking, "What if the sky froze? Could we (or how could we) get
around? What a wonderful question to ask kids.

For me, Lowenfeld's remarks remind me that there is a logic to kids' art
work and way(s) of seeing the world. And, perhaps more importantly, that
we shouldn't view our own way of seeing as the "correct" way or that we
shouldn't impose our Western conventions (e.g., perspective) on children in
art making. There are many ways of is not "better" than
another, just different.

I've collected 100s of examples of children's art work over the years.
Some of these I use in lectures on child development in art. I must say
that my favorites...those I treasure...are those which have opened my mind
to "extreme possibilites" not those which illustrate conventional ways of

Put another way...While I've spent years trying to teach children art, it
is children who have taught me what art is about.


>Lowenfeld was quoted by Craig Roland. I have been thinking about the sky
>blue band at the top, too, but I have to say I disagree with the idea that
>the sky meeting the ground is an illusion. I'm looking out my window right
>now, and it is not an illusion-the sky is meeting the ground.
>Would someone like to defend Lowenfeld's position? Am I missing something here?
>Mark Alexander, the art teacher who walks in the sky.

CRAIG ROLAND. Associate Professor-Art Education.
Department of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville Florida.
32611-5801. (352) 392-9165 - Art Ed Office (352) 392-8453 - Fax

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