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are =?iso-8859-1?Q?children=B4s?= artwork-or are they not- art?

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=?iso-8859-1?Q?RŪsa?= =?iso-8859-1?Q?_?= (rojul)
Fri, 10 May 1996 22:48:31 GMT

As we at my school prepair our annual spring art show and I go through and
hang up many wonderful works of art by my students (ages 4 through 12) I
think of the questions raised in Howard Gardner=B4s book Artful Scribbles;
should children=B4s artworks be considered genuine works of art or should
they be viewed as youthful exercises having nothing in comon with what
caracterizes works of masters of painting? Having taught art to children
for 16 years I often feel that their works ARE art, yet we know that they
are not able to go through the same prosesses as adult artists do while
they create. Or do we with all our studies of children=B4s developement know
what they contemplate when they create? If a child knows how to use a line
with variations, uses colour and expressiveness to produce certain effects
and he and others gain pleasure from the results of his activity, can we
call that child an artist? These thaughts have been going throuhg my head
and I thougt it would be wonderful to hear what you people on this
discussion-line think of this and other questions regarding children=B4s art
as ART.