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I often work alongside my students. I rarely finish, though. What they
do see are examples of mine, as well as past student work, before they
start a project. What I have taught them is that to get it to look like
mine, it takes "practice, practice, practice" (I can just hear them
chanting it back to me in my mind). Each time I start a new skill (or
re-introduce it for the first time in the year), I relate it to learning
to walk. I imitate a baby trying to pull himself up and falling down
again & again. Then, after much practice, I am able to start to walk,
etc. They really understand this and MOST of the time, they are able to
look at my work and have something to strive for. Another thing they do
is watch my technique and they do use it (brushstrokes, for example, or
coloring all the same direction, or how I load my brush, etc). I
rotate where I sit so that I sit with different kids each time (when I
do work with them, which isn't everytime). It also cuts down on
behavior probs since I am right there with them. It also encourages
them to work like real artists, that is not constantly talking unless it
is about their piece. I believe it's important to have them see how an
artist works, since often the teachers (and parents) view "specials"
classes as play time or recess, and I want them to take it seriously.
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