Today, classroom teachers are working with children who have grown up in the digital age and have had limitless access to professional and amateur art from around the world and across time. While postmodern concepts of appropriation have raised questions over the last century about the source and ownership of ideas and images that artists work with, the line between plagiarism and appropriation can be a blurry one for teachers and students alike. Likewise, academic models of visual art education have also included the emulation and direct copying of masterworks from the cannon of art history for centuries.
The objective of this panel discussion is to open a conversation about the difference between plagiarism and appropriation, the concepts of artistic integrity and original ideas, and how they play out at different levels and contexts of teaching visual art. Additionally, we would like the panelists to share their diverse perspectives on the practice of teaching the creative process to students. The central question we wish to discuss for the teachers in the audience is: How do we teach students to think creatively and to generate original ideas?