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I have begun teaching my kids (K-6) to "sign like an artist!" which means
NOT on the back, NOT in the corner, but withIN the artwork. I use VanGogh's
Sunflowers as an example, with his name (Vincent) along the edge of the vase,
but not detracting from the artwork. It has been working very well. I
remind them not to HIDE it too well, so that I cannot find it! Some still
scrawl it right across the artwork, but they are learning!
>>I am curious as to what expectations everyone has for student signatures =
on their artworks. I was trained to sign my name discreetly in the =
bottom right hand corner (as a general rule), and I have taught my =
students to do the same. Yet, last year when I took my student's artwork =
to our league contest, every one of our artworks were marked down in =
points for signatures appearing on the front. Some of these artworks the =
judges really had to look for. They said signatures distract from the =
artwork. My student's know that they will be marked down on their grade =
if the signatures distract, and that they must be discreet, but I have =
never heard of not signing one's work as being distracting. My students =
are upset, as it's hard for me to justify when almost all of my =
reproductions bear the artist's signature. Should I just not have them =
sign their work, or should I raise a stink at this year's contest?
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Reatha Wilkins Fine Arts Dept. Carolina Forest Education Center High School Myrtle Beach, SC
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