Be sure to read through this entire post as you will be held accountable for all of the following expectations.
Blatant Art theft and all forms of tracing are strictly prohibited in Art class:
Blatant Art Theft – Just taking someone else’s Art work and saying it is your own. This includes posting screen captures of digital Art works or adding things to Art work that has already completed by someone else. Furthermore this includes digitally “frankensteining”, which means to piece together an Art work digitally from multiple sources. Applying filters, overlaying colors, or simply altering someone else’s work is still artistic plagiarism.
Tracing- This refers to more than placing a sheet of paper over an image you like and tracing it. It means that you can not simply find an image that you like and copy the composition, the color scheme, the line work, or the overall structure of the image and call it your own. Changing the media that an Art work is in is not enough to call it original Art work.
Your Art should be just that, YOUR Art. Create your own compositions, your own color schemes, your own line work. Do not short-change yourself by simply finding something you like and copying it. Do not confuse this with doing research. Artistic research can help you find a body of Art work that inspires you to create something that may fall within the same motif or theme. Taking one idea from somewhere and just recreating it is blatant artistic plagiarism; but taking ideas from a lot of different places and letting it affect your artistic sensibilities is simply becoming a better artist.
There are times when it is acceptable to copy something, such as when you are building a skill or a new technique. However, as you become more advanced in the use of a medium or technique, more time should be spent developing a completely original composition. When you do use a photograph or another artist’s work as a resource be sure to reference the artist on your blog along with the original work. These types of activities are referred to as Master Studies. Master Studies are an exercise to become better at creating original Art work.
Some things you can do to ensure you are creating original Art include: working from your own photographs, starting with a rough sketch and developing the ideas to arrive at a fully fleshed out Art piece, taking a closer look at everyday things in your surroundings by finding the beautiful in the ordinary, and brainstorming through themes and ideas to arrive at something that inspires you. After reading this page create a blog post and simply state “I can’t wait to see what I create! All the Art works on my page will be my own, unless otherwise noted, guaranteed!”
Any artwork that is being created via plagiaristic means will be redirected immediately, and any continued plagiarism will result in an unsatisfactory grade.
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