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RE: Painting unit in high school - response


Date: Thu May 16 2002 - 16:33:49 PDT

    I think you're letting them have too much freedom. Lead them through a
course of projects from Impressionism, German Expressionism, Dada drawing
and painting, Art Deco, Abstract Expressionsism, Minimalist Art, etc. Each
project, they should all be doing with strong objectives that they meet
before they go on to another topic. Have them also criticize the classes
work at the end of a couple of sessions. No one should have poor comments,
only compliments or recommendation to achieve better results. Each artist
will introduce his/her work and explain what they are trying to accomplish
before the critique. This is how it was done in my painting class for four
years at a art education college in New York. It works. Why, because it
forced us to try to achieve our best.