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frostedfuckhead From: frostedfuckhead Date: April 13th, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
My brother Troy is an artist/writer who graduated from the U of A a few years back. He told me in passing one day that 90% of the artists he knows are incapable of writing well, regardless of their artistic prowess.

Honestly, though, I really don't think the 90% figure is limited to just artists... Writing skills are just not up to snuff across the board, english majors included. I know the English/Linguistics department at U of A was all in a huff about it a few semesters ago...
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: April 14th, 2005 03:35 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That's not an excuse. It's just laziness. If a student knows they're having trouble writing they can get help from the Writing Center. What I'm talking about, for a one page paper, is that one needs to proof-read the paper before turning it in. If even that little bit of effort took place the papers would be MUCH better. Proof-reading means setting the paper down for a day then, pick it up and read it again. I ALWAYS have corrections to make when I do that. That's such a simple thing to do. I'm not talking about using complex sentence structure or, word usage of the theorist. For instance, if the student decides that they want to use jargon or arts speak, they should understand what they're saying.

The main concern I have is that if a student, or anyone, says they like a work of art, they need to say what and why they like it. In other words, they need to think about the things discussed during critiques (composition, balance, relationships of various elements, subject matter, ideational content, etc.) and say something intelligent. "I like it," doesn't cut it in an academic environment as ones only response.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 14th, 2005 04:58 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I agree. Everything seems so rushed these days that half-assed work is everywhere. Students seem to follow the trend.
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