My art professors are so afraid students will copying previous projects that they don’t provide enough inspiration for their assignments. My favorite professor would provide 40 pictures of previous project that were great examples of her desired outcome. Because she gave so many examples, I don’t remember one student who reused ideas, the 40 were a diverse enough pool that it inspired students to come up with a new unique idea. If she had only shown three examples, I believe she might have gotten a combination of them back, not a genuine new idea but her examples inspired new ideas, direction and helped us understand her expectations. I never felt the examples limited my imagination but launched it. I was always excited and teaming with ideas as I left her class to start a new projects. Many times my art professors don’t define the rules of the project well enough for me to be inspired or have a clue what they are looking for. I don’t feel I have the tools to know what is good designs, to be able to find inspiration from existing material. I’m afraid I will pick a bad example and repeat bad habits not great ones. I always worry the foundation of my design is not solid enough and that my professors will not be able to critic my project enough to make it great.