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Re: Re: intergration

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Melissa Enderle (Melissaenderle)
Wed, 19 Mar 97 19:27:32 -0000

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>I am so glad that you have stated the comment about the "Canned Art"
>approach. I also agree that
>in some situations it is okay to use simple patterns to trace if you are
>not trained to be an art teacher.
>But as an art teacher that is trained in DBAE I believe it is our duty to
>individual interpetation of life observations using art history as a base
>for learning.

One thing that we need to define or look at is what constitutes art. Is
the traced image to be considered art, or is it just a decoration? If we
call projects that have little individual input "art", are we sending the
correct message about what is considered art?
Much like coloring books, predrawn or traced images send kids the
implication that their drawings or ideas are not good enough- that an
adult must provide that aspect for them. What about the kids who are
highly creative but not always the neatest or who are not conformists?
Divergent thinking should be recognized in art.
Such decorative projects should be called as such and should be
approached with caution.

Melissa Enderle

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