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Lai Shu-Ju Alice wrote:
> Hi! dear artsednet listers:
> Believe or not many students did not see the art work that made from recycle
> material or any found objects as a serious/good art work. Once I bring my
> students to a crafts museum where has an exhibition of Appalachian folk art.
> Many pieces of work are carved from woods or some recycling materials, with
> bright colors on it. The carving quality is not as professional as a trained
> artist's work would have. I also show them slides of self-taught artists'
> works. Guess what? some of them do not see those folk arts as "art" because
> the quality is not good, and they specially criticize on the material. The
> material make those works not like art. Of course, I try to teach them the
> meaning and cultural values of those work. But what I want to say here is
> that MATERIAL is really important. It could influence students perception
> about art and that particular cultural group.