For me, some idea generators are music, poetry, vignettes of nature, or a theme, such as "layering". Linda in NC
From: Marvin Bartel [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, May 07, 2004 12:45 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: secret thinking habits of artists?
To: Kathy Douglas (see message from From: TwoDucks@aol.com Date: Fri, 7 May 2004 07:46:52 EDT)
You say, . . . the idea, the meaning, comes from the artist. If we wish for our students to behave as artists we must offer them the opportunity to behave as artists. (this is a brief quote from a great message)
You say it right and you say it well! THANK YOU!
To our credit, we deliberately include the practice of many great things in our art courses, but how often do we deliberately teach and have students practice the real artist methods of generating ideas for artwork? For some students, it may be too hard to simply allow them to come up with their own ideas (my students often revert to previous a cliche). What if we would teach the secrets of idea generation? What if, when planning next years curriculum, each unit were to emphasize and practice one way that artists generate ideas for their work - not by showing artwork examples, but by stealing idea generation methods used by a top artists.
It is hard to think about our thinking habits, but what if we would start an e-mail thread that lists the methods that we think certain artists use to come up with their ideas? How many artists and methods of generating ideas do you suppose our creative group of art teachers could generate? Could we have the Secrets of How Artists Get Ideas poster ready for nest years classroom?
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