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Versatility & a risk-taking attitude (not to be confused with
recklessness) - the confidence to try new things, experiment, try
different approaches, try things we're not comfortable with or
knowledgeable about to see what we can learn.
Resourcefulness - seeking out all alternatives, using a wide variety of
resources effectively, if one fails - try another.
Vision - that sense or ability to see what might be or what could be
done, whether making artwork or designing instructional materials for
In my opinion, these are skills that artists have - or perhaps they are
skills that maybe everyone has but are sharpened and brought to the
forefront by being involved in the creative process (which sort of backs
up my previous message about whether it was necessary to be an artist to
teach art - I said no, but one needed to think like an artist to teach
art). These are also, again my opinion, why all children need art - for
exposure to these kinds of problem solving skills. We serve as role
models for our students in addition to our paid positions as teachers of
-- Sandra Hildreth Home Page: http://www.northnet.org/hildreth Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660 School Pages: http://www.northnet.org/mwcsart/mwart.htm Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617