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Still some thoughts on Copying

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Rosa Juliusdottir (rojul)
Wed, 26 Mar 1997 13:51:12 GMT

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I have been following the discussion on Copying with interest. I have
always had negative feelings about copying and tried to never let my
students copy. I have however done the magazine bit when you cut out a part
of a picture, glue it on white paper and the students make a "new" picture,
with the magazine picture only as a part of it. I did however not find it a
very useful lesson and my students very not so enthusiastic. I do use grids
however, but only for students to enlarge their own drawings and I think
that can be useful. My experience is that if you get students used to copy
from real life from a very early age this is the best thing. My students
start doing selfportraits using a mirror very young ( 4 or 5 yrs.) and
continue that practise regularly. They also draw eachother and bring in
lots of interesting things to make their own still life. Learning how to
SEE is necessary in order to be able to create. So I believe that it is
very important to teach our students to SEE. And in my very long time of
teaching I have seen this be true. Too look at the mountains, the light
in the sky, the apple we eat or just at ourselves is an important part of
learning to create. And if we want to copy these and all the other things
around us are the best things, I think.
Regards from the far north, Rosa

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