Re:- What are the main characteristics of Ukiyo-e art?

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Posted by Mr. P. on May 14, 2003 at 22:03:05:

In Reply to: Re:- What are the main characteristics of Ukiyo-e art? posted by Marc Kahn on May 14, 2003 at 02:51:43:

Hi Marc,

If you are a teacher, you will know that a good percentage of students have simply stopped thinking, and started relying on others for everything they need to know. So turning to this page and the people who frequent it to get some fresh sources or to check an idea is a wise approach, as wise as consulting a reference librarian I think. Still, to say "please answer my homework for me" is another matter altogether.

Hopefully you know the old adage about "giving a man a fish vs. teaching a man to fish"...?

And you must not take my comments personally as a reflection on your answer. Doubtless, you meant well, and I certainly wouldn't put down a reference librarian for suggesting a good book.

Eventually, however, there is a fine line between using source material to spark ideas, and to use source material to borrow ideas unreflectively. Like any brilliant book on ukiyo-e, John Fiorillo's webpage is simply one man's take on this art, with his themes, method of research and analysis, based on his background and way of thinking. If people only follow the established route for answers, there will be no fresh vision and new answers. Verily, this is why people must learn to think for themselves. Even - or especially - a beginner, might come up with some interesting and original observations if she looked at the art and thought about it for herself.

So, please don't misunderstand me. I am not putting down you, John Fiorillo's site or the use of this page as a means to develop answers to questions on ukiyo-e. I didn't tell the girl to go away. I asked her to engage in a dialogue by putting forth some of her own ideas, rather than asking those ideas to be spoon-fed to her.

P.S. I'm a gym teacher, though some know me as Ippitsusai III.

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