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ERIC Number: EJ904579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0706-8107
Following Giacometti: Copying as a Basis for Studio-Based Research
Fitch, Sebastien
Canadian Review of Art Education: Research and Issues, v37 p73-89 2010
The debate over copying in the art classroom is a longstanding and contentious one. In the past, the discussion has been erroneously characterized as a two-sided argument between those who view copying as the vilest of crimes to be perpetrated in an art classroom and those who see in it a useful and even essential tool for learning. In the last decade, a new emphasis has been placed in academic circles, and especially within art education, on the potential for studio practice as a site for the creation of knowledge. The research presented in this paper stems from work done in an artist's studio. This research is part of a larger ongoing project that stems from the author's personal interest in the Swiss sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). Some time ago, his curiosity concerning Giacometti's working methods led him to several initial creative experiments which in turn have led him to thinking about questions concerning how artistic research in general and research into artists in particular is approached. Focussing principally on Giacometti's paintings, the author explores the practical question of how Giacometti worked in his studio through a physical recreation using practical working methods rather than from a purely conceptual basis. (Contains 3 figures and 5 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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