From: Jack Fulton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: 10/23/02-01:41:33 PM Z
Indeed Michael, 'Art & Fear' is terrific. Thanks to all you folk's
suggestions. There was more there than I thought.
> Take a look at Bayles & Orland's "Art and Fear: Observations on the perils
> (and rewards) of artmaking". Also, a book I ran across just a few weeks ago
> is Rudolf Arnheim's "Thoughts on art education". This is really worth
> hunting down. Of at least indirect interest might be Hyde's "The gift". And
> finally, a fine exploration of the spirit necessary to artmaking is M.C.
> Richards' "Centering in pottery, poetry, and the person".
> I also tend to think that thoughts on artmaking and the learning process do
> not cast widely enough w/o also bringing in the writings of (1) artists, and
> (2) good critics (by which I do not exclusively or even necessarily mean
> "contemporary"). I am thinking of writers of the caliber and bent of, e.g.,
> Arthur Danto, or E.H. Gombrich, or perhaps Kenneth Clark. Even a writer such
> as John Berger offers considerable insight into the frames of mind that lead
> to artmaking. As for artists, Harrison & Wood's "art in theory (1900-1990)",
> Stiles and Selz's "Theories and documents of contemporary art: a sourcebook
> of artists' writings", and Chipps' "Theories of modern art" all are
> excellent collections of writings by and interviews of a great many 20th
> century artists. Of course there also are many writings by earlier artists
> as well. Barrett's photo book is good, although rather narrow, since it
> really is devoted to a single medium. I would tend to encourage a more
> general approach to art. Each medium not only brings certain inherent
> strengths, but therefore also demands (and discourages) certain approaches.
> Barnet's "A short guide to writing about art" might be worthwhile. Though he
> does not address the question of how to make art per se, he does give
> considerable, lucid, and salient attention to what artists "do" in their
> different mediums.
> Mike Healy
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Jack Fulton
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> Sent: Wednesday, October 23, 2002 7:57 AM
> Subject: Book(s) query
> Dear Group:
> A student asked me yesterday if I knew of a book, or books, on teaching in
> an art school or environment. Gee, good question . . so I am asking you.
> They elaborated upon the question by saying, "You know, what is a student
> supposed to learn? What is a teacher supposed to teach? What is expected of
> the student in terms of their knowledge and practice?"
> I thought of 'Criticizing Photographs' by Terry Barret but was stymied. Yes,
> we know of the heuristic and/or empirical plan/method and I could go on and
> elaborate regarding what I know, understand and feel. However, the question
> remains asking are there books on the subject.
> Thanks for any replies.
> Jack Fulton
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