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I think that some students might need to take a bit longer route to the
"art" end of craft. Use "straight craft" as the tool to introduce students
What about the student that comes from a family that does not value art or
crafts unless it has a specific use. Teach creativity gently and have
respect for the family values. "Straight craft" can be used as a back door
tool to introduce students to the creative, expressive arts and crafts
(which they might not be open to seeing otherwise.)
I disagree with the comment that a student does not have any style unless
the students has developed technique. Folk art is not "developed technique".
Naive student art says ENORMOUS amounts.
...and then after we study technique, we as artists need to go unlearn it so
we can capture the spontaneous, the bright light and break barriers to new
concepts and visions. Technique with out heart is soleless, flat and boring.