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Lesson Plans

Re: rudiments

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South Ripley Elementary (tmaltbie)
Tue, 24 Sep 1996 16:01:02 -0400 (EDT)

I prefer to compare art to basketball (it is life in Indiana). Kids
understand the drills and conditioning required to play well. They know
that Michael Jordan still does the drills. However, when a great athlete is
in the competition, he is "in the zone", not thinking about rudiments, but
playing - a good word for it - the game. Now, the making of art requires a
lot of preparation, but when the time comes, if you're not in the zone,
your art falls flat. Elements and principles alone don't make it. (Re: the
Ansel Adams example). I believe that teaching the fundamentals in sport, in
music, and in art prepares the student not only to participate but to

Thom Maltbie
South Ripley Elementary