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Re: Poster contests, another view

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Lon Nuell (lrnuell)
Thu, 14 Oct 1999 08:04:00 -0500

Re Poster Contests: While the contests can be troublesome, they do offer the
possibility for meaningful learning to take place. Rather than waste time and
energy fighting the trend, try to 1) establish a policy that will limit the
number of contests your students will undertake in a year 2) use the contest to
do your teaching in meaningful way - allow the children to make their posters,
but based on what you teach them while using new knowledge and skills. Needless
to say you will have to adjust your teaching a bit, but the learning
opportunities abound in this approach. What a great way to introduce Lautrec,
Swiss graphic design (related to posters, and contemporary graphic design that
inundates the children on a daily basis.
Maggie White wrote:

> AbeleSmith wrote:
> >
> > Our city has a zillion poster contests (cheap and easy way to get free
> > designs!), and the usual ones coming from everywhere else could fill a whole
> > year of art classes.
> This is a really important point, and one that would make a good
> argument against doing poster contests: nearly every contest
> states that the artwork becomes the property of the sponsoring
> agency, to do with as they please. It's a form of exploitation,
> in my opinion. I doubt AAA or MADD or whoever has dishonorable
> motives, but they're still getting their designs for free.
> Maggie