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Re: what teach elements and principles for?

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Fri, 23 Oct 1998 19:08:15 EDT

Hi there --
Just a thought regarding teaching elements and principles...
I feel that it is important for art teachers to help students learn how to
express their own ideas as effectively as possible visually. Through focusing
on E&P, in both abstract and representational art contexts, students can learn
about the "phenomenons" that occur when certain conditions are created (color,
shape, value, etc.) and learn how to control how they create their own
expressions better. Also, E&P's do not relate only to abstract expressionism
-- every piece of visual art is comprised of basic elements that can be
identified and interpreted according to their qualites. I don't see how art
can be effectively taught without them. I do see how pure expressive freedom
can be taught without addressing principles, but I do not think that serves
the student best in terms of having a truly educational experience.
Nuff said, I guess !
Amy R.