Professor Mark Hunt’s article, “Traditional Skills are being Lost by Designers Relying on Computers” (2013), declares the overuse of technology in art schools degrades the quality of artwork in traditionally hands-on areas like woodworking and ceramics. Hunt supports his thesis by asserting new generations of students entering the workforce lacking the necessary skills and patience that come with handmade production, future employers have disdain for computer generated works over handmade ones, and inferior products or work is traced back to TI designs without manual effort. Hunt’s purpose is to illuminate how the cheap substitution of technology in place of hands-on participation in classrooms will adversely affect society in order to force the reader to reduce its use and return to traditional methods. Given that Professor Hunt uses specific terminology without definition he expects a well-read audience who has a great interest in art and design.
I partially agree with Professor Hunt’s position. I believe technology should be viewed as another tool in an artist’s arsenal and not as a replacement for traditional teaching styles. Prior to this project I spent months researching alternative teaching methods for an essay and multiple studies suggest active participation trumps online work when it comes to the quality of education. This seems especially true for artists; many art major friends of mine stress the importance of working with your hands. It builds physical strength, allows you to unleash your creativity any time and anywhere, and gives you a basis for how paints, pencils and other tools or materials work to create a cohesive piece of art. Nevertheless, I do not agree that art created using technology is somehow subpar in general. From what I’ve read the a huge portion of the art community defends digital art because the artist is still putting in same time and effort to create an attractive design no matter the medium used. At this point, I agree that technology doesn’t detract from the quality because it still requires a high level of skill. Professor Hunt does make an interesting claim about employers and universities. Do they really disapprove of digital art? I wonder why they would look down upon a student or employee for using the technology that is so readily available? I have yet to find any source to support this, so I will do some more research.
Hunt, Mark. “Traditional Skills are being Lost by Designers Relying on Computers.” Art and Design. 4 Nov. 2013. Newstatesman. Web. 16 Feb. 2016.