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Lesson Plans

Re: Meaning

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R. Moore (ronmoore)
Fri, 19 Mar 1999 13:37:02 -0800 (PST)

Betty Bowen points out that artists sometimes do and sometimes don't know
just where they are going with a work. Of course, that's right. Consider
improvisatory jazz--some direction is taken, that suggests something else,
and as the music evolves, certain moves seem right and fitting, others are
excluded, so the planning is wrapped up in the execution. But, in
architecture, almost all of the execution has to be forecast in the plans;
the structural integrity of the building demands this.
I think it would be worthwhile to ask students to compare the
business of making a painting with the business of writing a book (a
novel, say). Authors often comment on how, after starting a book with a
plan in mind, the characters somehow "take over," and the plan changes as
they take shape and develop. Isn't this very much the way a lot of
painting happens? It would be good to hear what students have to say
about the creative process in general!