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Art and Design


This paper explores the use and results of copying throughout art history and art education. While history shows that many artists taught their students by encouraging them to copy their own art, the use of it has declined based on modern school policies against plagiarism. Researchers claim that copying reduces creativity in young students, while many other studies show that it in fact both boosts confidence in younger students and promotes the production of original and aesthetically new art. Based on research and implemented plans, the paper discusses possible uses of copying in the public school art classroom and whether it is a beneficial method of teaching artistic practices.