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ERIC Number: EJ941133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3931
Art Works ... when Students Find Inspiration
Herberholz, Barbara
Arts & Activities, v148 n5 p16, 52 Jan 2011
Artworks are not produced in a vacuum, but by the interaction of experiences, and interrelationships of ideas, perceptions and feelings acknowledged and expressed in some form. Students, like mature artists, may be inspired and motivated by their memories and observations of their surroundings. Like adult artists, students may find that their own cultural and personal background contains a stimulating basis for their own creative activities. Looking at the many diverse kinds of artworks--those created in world cultures in recent times, as well as long ago--provides adult artists and students not only with knowledge about art, but also with the attitude that there is no "right" or "wrong" way to make art. The works of other artists have always been a source of inspiration for artists, creating a springboard for followers. Today's technology has provided artists and students with access to a wider range of artworks than was ever available before, in the form of books, slides, posters, large reproductions, the Internet, CDs and DVDs--as well as exhibits in art museums. History, along with mythology and religion, were thought to be the only acceptable subjects for artworks at one time. When students seek inspiration from history and literature, and use these sources for their artworks, they are working as artists. Teachers can guide and motivate their students to explore numerous inspirational sources by asking questions, providing visual resources, and activating their thoughts, feelings and perceptions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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