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Visual Education and The Internet Camp: A Study of Underprivileged Children and Their Web Pages
Unformatted Document Text:  16 mastery of a particular technique, and the nature of the subject matter they wished to include. The web pages are easily recognized as unprofessional, but they are not disingenuous or unintelligent. The children had not developed the techniques for replicating professional web pages. The lack of professionalism might classify the web pages as a primitivistic style. Dondis (1973) argues “we judge the work of children and primitives as crude, but before we accept this judgment, we should reevaluate the work on the basis of its purpose. Appropriateness has great effect on any visual work, and the intensity and purity of this style should be given its due” (p. 136). “Primitive art and design is stylistically unsophisticated, that is, it has not developed techniques for replicating natural visual information realistically” (Dondis, 1973, p. 134). Dondis (1973) continues, “In fact, it is a style rich in ‘symbols’ with strongly attached meaning, and for this reason, may have a great deal more to do with the development of writing than visual expression” (p. 134). The symbol is characteristically the shorthand of visual communication and wherever it is used, especially in primitive art, it channels great informational energy from the creator to the audience. Other aspects of primitive art reinforce these qualities of intensification of meaning. Simplicity of shape, in fact, simplicity, is a prime visual technique of the style. Flatness of rendition is also a frequently noticeable technique in primitive visual work, as are primary colors. The sum total of all these techniques is a kind of childlike quality in the primitive style, which has some importance to the synthesis of this style (Dondis, 1973, pp. 134-5). The oldest known cave art in the Chauvet Cave in France, for example, applies “subtle shading, ingenious use of perspective, and elegant lines” (Clottes, 2001, p. 110). The purpose for prehistoric art can only be speculated, but the primitivistic style these cave images render is anything but crude and stiff. The purpose of the children’s activity was to create an expression that would portray them and give them a voice on a medium in which children of underprivileged status typically do not have. The colorful nature of the children’s web pages immediately stands out. The psychedelic colors of some of their web pages are striking examples of what the children were interested in

Authors: Mullen, Lawrence.
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mastery of a particular technique, and the nature of the subject matter they wished to include.
The web pages are easily recognized as unprofessional, but they are not disingenuous or
unintelligent. The children had not developed the techniques for replicating professional web
pages. The lack of professionalism might classify the web pages as a primitivistic style.
Dondis (1973) argues “we judge the work of children and primitives as crude, but before
we accept this judgment, we should reevaluate the work on the basis of its purpose.
Appropriateness has great effect on any visual work, and the intensity and purity of this style
should be given its due” (p. 136). “Primitive art and design is stylistically unsophisticated, that
is, it has not developed techniques for replicating natural visual information realistically”
(Dondis, 1973, p. 134). Dondis (1973) continues, “In fact, it is a style rich in ‘symbols’ with
strongly attached meaning, and for this reason, may have a great deal more to do with the
development of writing than visual expression” (p. 134).
The symbol is characteristically the shorthand of visual communication and
wherever it is used, especially in primitive art, it channels great informational
energy from the creator to the audience. Other aspects of primitive art reinforce
these qualities of intensification of meaning. Simplicity of shape, in fact,
simplicity, is a prime visual technique of the style. Flatness of rendition is also a
frequently noticeable technique in primitive visual work, as are primary colors.
The sum total of all these techniques is a kind of childlike quality in the primitive
style, which has some importance to the synthesis of this style (Dondis, 1973, pp.
134-5).
The oldest known cave art in the Chauvet Cave in France, for example, applies “subtle shading,
ingenious use of perspective, and elegant lines” (Clottes, 2001, p. 110). The purpose for
prehistoric art can only be speculated, but the primitivistic style these cave images render is
anything but crude and stiff. The purpose of the children’s activity was to create an expression
that would portray them and give them a voice on a medium in which children of
underprivileged status typically do not have.
The colorful nature of the children’s web pages immediately stands out. The psychedelic
colors of some of their web pages are striking examples of what the children were interested in


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