Inspired not Copied

IB Visual Arts: Inspired not Copied

Copy the CreativityIdeally it is the creative process we want to copy when looking at the great artists of the past, not their work.A copy will always be only a copy, whereas if we can teach students to investigate the creative thinking process that produces the image, then they may move beyond imitation to creating their own independent work. See also Transcribing an Art WorkArt educator Dr. Marvin Bartel ( see below)...

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Catharina Venter 12 December 2017 - 05:26

Hi Heather,

Im just wondering what your thoughts are on a student creating a bouquet of flowers. She used tutorials to make the individual flowers, but will then assemble it herself. I have encouraged her to experiment with different ways to make flowers from different materials, but she is really struggling with moving away from Pinterest ideas. What are the guidelines to origami and other guided practices?

Thank you,

Heather McReynolds 12 December 2017 - 11:13

hmmm, interesting question Rina, and your professional judgement is really the bottom line. You can tell when it is a "pinterest" guided project and when it becomes something truly her own. Experiment and push the boundaries: create the papers out of specific sources , use inks to color and pattern, consider possible significance - like carnivorous flowers, find other sources to inspire: look at dutch 17th century still lives, Henri rousseau, H Bosch, the possibilites for creativity are there for sure but she must venture beyond the cliche!

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