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Re: dymistifying art...and spirit..and stuff

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Lawrence A. Parker/OCCTI (occti)
Wed, 20 Oct 1999 17:35:50 -0400


Jennifer,

> I find that my students have problems thinking "outside the box".
Their
> expressions are very raw, for lack of a better word, and extremely simple.
I
> am not sure they see art as a means of self-expression; it is something we
> do because we like to do it.
> Jennifer in Michigan

I think that "raw" and "extremely simple" are perfect expressions. They are
also...uncultured, uneducated?

"Thinking outside of the box" is not easy for people to do and even harder
to teach. Check out some of the exercises by Edward deBono. There are
literally tons of them out there and any of them can be very effective;
usually they do not require any extra or costly materials.

(Side note: Robin Williams did an interesting portrayal of a teacher
accomplishing this in "The Dead Poets Society")

Art as "something we do because we like to do it"...? Well, yes, that would
certainly account for all the generations of "starving artists". But I
think that these students need to understand that we also do art exactly
because we NEED to. So, why do we NEED to do art? To communicate our
experience of the world we perceive to others, to capture Beauty, Pain,
Ugliness, Strength so that others may experience it?

So, how can we get students to understand this? To feel ( get in touch
with ) this need to communicate with others, to feel free to express
themselves?

Larry