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I wrote on this subject sometime ago - about how I did not allow copying
is visual plagiarism - and I got clobbered by several people who said it
was a legitimate
practice for artists. I still feel that we don't have artists yet - and
that it is harmful
beside teaching copyright infringement - but I must admit that I do use bug
and the science book to help us with such creatures. I do prefer to ask
try to work from life (I have even picked grasshoppers off my car grill,
and saved those
bugs which die in my windows- I have magnifying glasses).
I have a great collection of still life stuff - car parts,machinery, and
the usual vase and
flower thing. I usually set up a huge pile which isusable from all sides
and then have
students choose the side they want to do. Copying
bothers me. In grade school, junior high and high school, we are training
the student to
see - and not to copy a 2-D image to a 2-D piece of paper. My students go
off to college able
to draw anything - which makes me feel good.