What's more Important, Technique or Concept?
This great question came in via the suggestion box:
Hello I am an artist studying Art Ed at the U of Arizona. Does technique matter anymore or is it more about the idea of the art?
I think it's actually about both. As an Art Ed major, if you know techniques, you'll be able to help other students learn about specific things - like glazing, casting, printing - that help students express what they think art is, what it means to them. To me, techniques are like a recipe...at the beginning, if you want to make chocolate chip cookies, you can follow the directions exactly, to get exactly what you want. As you get more experienced and comfortable in a kitchen and with your tools, you may want to add macadamia nuts, or cranberries and oatmeal (yum!) or just wing it on your own to see what happens. Maybe it won't even be cookies anymore - maybe it will be a cake, or even a steak! What do others think?