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Re: Using sources for projects!

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Rdunkelart_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Thu Oct 18 2001 - 16:58:49 PDT


In a message dated 10/18/01 6:17:55 PM Central Daylight Time,
kylerayne@yahoo.com writes:

<< The teacher I was in the
 argument with claimed that in is unethical as an art
 teacher to allow students to do this. I strongly
 disagree with her. I feel that if you want to paint,
 draw, or sculpt something, you have to be able to look
 at it. >>

I highly agree that students should be able to use sources for their work but
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should only be a small portion of their work - a bear should/could be put in
a composition of their own creation - a tree from the outside of their
windows,
rocks composed after looking at a handful of gravel or larger rocks on a
table.
Etc. When an entire work is copied - be it photo or painting then I do
object.
I encourage my elementary students and highschool students when I have them
to use the source as an inspiration - if an animal - use it for proportion
and realism
I will never allow tracing of a photo although some art teachers allow and
encourage
this. We often do the state duck stamp this time of year and students have
to
use photos - I did have some duck mounts but a possum got loose in our
building
and finding my box of duck mounts tore them up - guess he was very unhappy
with the sawdust interior. LOL Roberta

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