- bill ritchie
- Seattle, WA
- United States
EmeraldaWorks - A proprietorship
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Online Art Education - Shifting away from a view of prehistoric art and seeing the sea change caused by printmaking.
30,000 years ago two people practiced their art in two different ways. One used a stick, some pigment, and her vision flowed from her through the hand holding a tool.
The other got her results by spraying pigment against her hand flat on the stone wall and, as variation, painted her hand and smacked it to leave a hand print.
The line from the former led to what we call visual arts. The line from the latter led to what we call media arts, and this one is not a visual art at all, and it has made all the difference in the world.
I took the line of thinking less traveled in the art world, the line that says media arts are not visual arts, but they are performance arts.
And that choice has made all the difference.
This would seem like a good thing for a person like me - 70 years old and still coming up with new ideas to offer students - but, no.
Not until now, when ONE speaker in the TED series has said "humanities" in the same context as free online education alongside science, math, etc.
The time is coming when I will see my 1980 approach to sharing what I experienced in printmaking - the ancestor of all the media arts and useful for the transferrable skills associated with it.