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siddhantsinha | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 26, 2012 at 1:45 PM via web

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the school curbs the individual talents

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 26, 2012 at 5:23 PM (Answer #2)

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School also helps certain students to discover many individual talents. The degree to which school honors or emphasizes conformity and convention is balanced out by the degree to which school opens up new avenues of expression. 

Arguments can be made in each direction. It is true that most schools do not foster individual talent as much as they could, but that does not equate to a complete squashing of talent. Besides, if you are an artist you will make your art. Your talent is your responsibility. There is an argument to be made there too. 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 26, 2012 at 11:53 PM (Answer #3)

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Schools do try to push kids into boxes.  However, good teachers know how to both foster talents in kids and help them branch out to other areas.  Kids should not focus on one area while they are young, but should experience as much as they can in case they discover knew talents.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 27, 2012 at 9:34 PM (Answer #4)

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As a teacher, I find this statement troubling. While individual talents are not a part of curriculum, many schools offer plenty of arenas where the individual talents of its students can be explored and cultivated. Artistic students will always find a way to be artistic. They, themselves, will not allow their talents to be curbed.

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bullbudder | Student , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted October 29, 2012 at 2:10 AM (Answer #5)

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school gives 1 the enough practise for the talent 

but if he is not brought ahead then the talent remains hidden

ofcourse 1 needs some capacity to bring his talent infront 

a school or a institude can do this

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rholmes987 | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted November 29, 2012 at 5:04 PM (Answer #6)

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(Part 1)

Knowing the reason for the statement is key to responding.  What happened to the artist to prompt this feeling?

Positive/Negative Critique

As an art student, I've learned that there are people, including some (very few) teachers who unintentionally curb a student's talent.  I've also found that the only way this is done is through "destructive" critiques.  A destructive critique is vague leaving the student with questions on what he/she should improve.  For example, "I think the whole thing is bad and the colors are all wrong."  Since there are no specifics (whats and whys), the student walks away from the critique feeling "beat down" and confused. 

The teacher (or other students) should give critiques that are specific and leave the student feeling energized and ready to attack the issues addressed.  For example, "The composition is powerful and communicates the message exactly.  One thing that would make it more powerful is if you chose a cooler/bluer color scheme which will give the viewer a much more relax feeling."  The artist goes away with the whats and the whys.

(continued in next post...)

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rholmes987 | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted November 29, 2012 at 5:08 PM (Answer #7)

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(Part 2)

Class/Assignment Objective

On the other hand, most art students go to school "knowing everything they need to know"; therefore, they tend to “fight” against the instruction without seeing the big picture.  (My high-school son, a great artist, is this way!).  I tell him all the time that it’s important to keep in mind the objective of the assignment because each assignment is teaching some kind of lesson that will enhance talent in the long run.  For example, an assignment teaching a particular method such as Chiaroscuro (dramatic light and shadow) should be approached with that objective in mind.  A line/contour drawing will not satisfy the lesson objectives and, therefore, will not receive the best feedback/grade. 

Most students mistake a scenario such as that as one that is attempting to curb their talents and make them into something they are not.  For the most part, art students, young and "seasoned", tend to fight in that way; however, the "seasoned" have matured to a point of seeing the bigger picture and working with the objective in mind. 

I’m an art student pursuing an MFA in painting, and I’m working on several portrait drawing projects using a method that I could easily have fought at the beginning of the semester.  I’m happy that I didn’t because today, I’m a much stronger artist and am able to render portraits, more accurately and nearly three times as fast as I could previously. 

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