I have also been following the messages on copying, and have a few questions
about the subject. I was wondering why so many college professors use
copying in their art programs. In a drawing course that I took, my professor
had each one of us draw a portion of a Durer drawing. We had to enlarge the
portion, and then put all the pieces back together to exhibit in the
hallway. It was interesting how most of the pieces did connect. Did this
help my drawing skills? Maybe it increased my scale drawing experience.
My daughter is attending college now, and she has just been given an
assignment to pick one piece from an artist's collection and paint it. She
also has to enlarge her picture. Will this help her? I will be interested to
hear what she has to say. I've noticed in the Louvre, and other museums in
Europe, artists are always copying other artists' work. Does this help or
hinder? I would love to hear what the group thinks.
Should we allow our students to copy other artists work? Only once did I
have my students copy, and the outcome was wonderful. I taught a unit on
impressionism to my 5th graders. They selected an impressionist work and
copied on a very small scale. Then, they created easels to display them.
They were very proud of their work. Did they learn anything from the
experience? Yes, they understood what impressionism really meant. Will I
ever have them copy again? I might, if it helps teach them something.
Thanks in advance.
Tyrrell Elementary School