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RE: dymistifying art...and spirit..and stuff

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Fields, Linda (
Thu, 21 Oct 1999 10:27:58 -0400

I have to agree with you, Artie. I have actually had students tell me I
was making their brains hurt, making them think too much, etc. (My
response, of course, is always, "Good!") I attribute much of this
problem to the fact that they have had instant visualization of
everything with tv, computers, and video games. Their eye-hand
coordination may have improved, but their imaginations sure haven't. I
explain to them that creating a work of art is a problem solving process
similar to what they encounter in math or science, but they still don't
think much. I get asked all the time specific questions on what they
should do. I throw it back at them with "That's your problem" after
explaining that I am not being flippant, but that as an artist that is a
decision for them to make. I get so tired of hearing "This is too hard!"

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> From: Artemis420[SMTP:Artemis420]
> Sent: Thursday, October 21, 1999 1:25 AM
> To: occti;;
> johns392
> Subject: Re: dymistifying art...and spirit..and stuff
> In a message dated 10/20/99 5:23:34 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> occti
> writes:
> << I am not familiar enough with the kinds and qualities of art work
> being
> created in schools (and out) by teenagers and young adults, but I do
> sense
> that many of them have difficulty expressing themselves both in
> actions and
> in written words. Do you art teachers find the same thing in the
> visual
> communicative arts? I realize that this ties into psychology and
> socialization, yet it all seems to me to stem from the same roots.
> Larry >>
> I find that they do not want to think. When offered a project that
> demands
> some input from their creative, or even just mnemonic powers, they
> seem
> baffled. Education in schools is too rote, creative thinking is not
> encouraged.
> Artie