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ERIC Number: EJ1099049
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1938-9809
Balancing Act: Bridging the Traditional and Technological Aspects of Culture through Art Education
Lawton, Pamela Harris
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2007 n3 Sum 2007
This paper addresses the benefits of connecting and balancing education in the visual arts and in technology through discussion of actual examples. This balanced connection accomplishes three goals: to further advance and enhance quality of life, to cultivate humane and ethical behaviors, and to initiate global dialogue on issues that matter among people from diverse cultures, languages, countries and ethnicities. The visual arts and technology are mutually dependent upon one another. In fact, much of yesterday's technology is today's fine art. Two excellent examples of this are printmaking and photography. Printmaking techniques were once used to simultaneously print text and image, to spread religious doctrine and communicate important information to the literate as well as the illiterate. Photography, a less labor intensive process than printmaking, replaced it, and is another example of a technological advance that is used for scientific, commercial and fine art purposes. Technology is a boon to the arts in that it presents artists with another set of tools in which to express their creative vision and make it easily accessible to a broader audience. The arts need technology to grow, flourish, and meet the changing aesthetic tastes and needs of an increasingly global society. Technology needs art to envision possibilities, to make it more palatable, more humane and to raise questions about the effects of technological advances on our values, morals, ethics and natural environment. Through a balanced education, that connects the arts and technology, placing equal weight on the importance of each within the curriculum, teachers can encourage both right and left-brain thinking. In this way we secure for ourselves a future in which our imaginations are unbounded and creativity translates into a well thought out and carefully planned reality that ensures the health and happiness of future generations.
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