> As to the analogy between teaching Art and teaching grammar, I
> think it is a
> fair one. English is a language and so is Art. They both have
> rules that you
> can't break with any effect unless you know them. I teach the
> grammar of Art,
> but in a way that is designed to promote creativity (I won't claim
> to actually
> teach creativity), just as I expect a teacher of English would.
> File under: For What It's Worth
I had a wonderful High School art teacher (1960) who told me: "Rules
to be broken, but first you must understand why the rules are there."
Years later, when I started teaching, she was my Supervisor. She
me about not following the district guidelines. Of course I reminded
her of what a
wise teacher once told me about "breaking rules."
I always told my students that "in art" rules were suppose to be
broken. If you
have a "better idea", go for it but be sure it's better and can you
explain why ?
Woody, Retired in Albuquerque