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Re: EVIDENCE-- best artist

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carla schiller (
Mon, 17 May 1999 16:16:23 -0700 (PDT)

Creativity is a very hard thing to grade. Even in grading essays for Art
History or for government, I struggle with my grading rubric because I see
how easy it is for an adult - especially a teacher -- to accidentally
douse a spark. I can only imagine how much harder ity is for a studio art
teacher who cares, as most of the people on this list cleary do. I myself
took a required art class in 4th grade public school and made a fanciful
sculpture. My teacher said it was promising and I should do another. So
I did, and when she dismissed it with a quick "No, I don't like it" I
never again picked up a piece of clay. I was probably oversensitive (!)
but there are kids out there like that at age 9 - I even see them in high

After seeing the wonderful Van Gogh exhibit at LACMA, I was again struck
by how unappreciated Van Gogh'
s art was during his lifetime, and how wonderful most people consider it
now. Beauty and art are *so* subjective, and sometimes seem so
ephemierally linked to contemporary social values.

Carla Schiller
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