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Questions About Art Revisited

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craig roland (rol1851.EDU)
Fri, 29 Nov 1996 22:51:10 -0500

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Came across something in my reading this weekend that reminded me of the
discussion we had sometime back about "questions" to ask students about

I quote directly here from "Art & Fear - Observations on the Perils (and
Rewards) of Artmaking" by David Bayles & Ted Orland (Capra Press, 1995):

"Writer Henry James once proposed three questions you could productively
put to an artist's work. The first two were disarmingly straightforward:
what is the artist trying to achieve? Did he/she succeed? The third's a
zinger: Was it worth doing?" (p.93)

I find myself asking this third question more and more lately...not only
about artmaking, but also to the lessons I teach my students and the
lessons I observe being taught in schools.

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