Note: To protect the privacy of our members, e-mail addresses have been removed from the archived messages. As a result, some links may be broken.

Lesson Plans

Re: Technology in the art room

[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]
Mon, 30 Nov 1998 16:47:10 EST

The images generated by computer software are not "canned" unless they are the
product of a student using the tutorial materials to learn how to manipulate
the software. Once they have learned how to manipulate the software, they are
ready to create their own original artwork. I am sure that what you saw was
students involved in the learning stages of the software. My students take
their own photographs and manipulate them using PhotoShop the same as they
would darkroom equipment. As for Painter 5.0 images, these too are created by
the students using the tools available in that program just as if they went
into the supply room and got traditional materials and tools to use. If the
images they create in this manner are not original then nothing they create
using anything is original. the computer does not do the work. It is merely a
tool. The images do not come from the computer. They come from the students.
So far I have not run up against any competition backward enough to exclude
computer generated images. The people judging such entries are professioals
who use the same software and know just how much work the student has done and
how much is an automatic filter or other tool. My students know that
manipulating a photo with just one or two filters is not what it is all about.
They also know that they do not have to manipulate it at all for it to be a
good photo. Good photography is still about good composition no matter how it
is prepared for printing. The same goes for other artwork.
Give them time. I am sure they will be creating their own images soon.