I think having the students critique the work is an excellent way to get
them back on track. Yes, they may have been "stung" at first, but this
wasn't a punishment was it? It was a way to get them to look at the art
work, think about their own work, and how they could improve it. Did you
get any negative feed back from anyone else besides the boy who destroyed
his painting? I think he may have been on overload. I've had middle school
and 9th graders do the same thing when they just didn't know where to go
next, and for whatever reasons wouldn't ask for help.
3-D Art Teacher
Deer Lakes High School
Russellton, PA 15076
From: Maggie Tucker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Subject: Critiques from another grade level
Date: Fri, 02 Apr 2004 05:28:47 -0800
I need the list's opinions about this. Have any of you done this before?
My last period of the day is 35 8th graders. Our school just finished five
days of mandatory testing, and each day of testing has been more difficult
to keep the kids on task, motivated and interested in their acrylic
paintings. I had several on Wednesday proclaim they were "finished." With
35, I couldn't accomplish individual suggestions (I could barely keep them
from throwing paint!) and I was feeling way stressed.
So yesterday morning I devised a critique form on craftsmanship, with
several questions. I had my two sixth grade classes pick one painting per
student, they got a form and completed it. Most of the questions asked for
ideas from the sixth graders, too. During my lunch and planning break, I
reviewed the remarks, and for the most part, they were right on target.
When the eighth graders came in, they were initially stung. But the
majority of the class rallied, and wrote their responses (what are you
going to do to address the criticism? ). They then proceeded to paint.
The only exception I had to thsi situation was one boy--very intelligent,
very impulsive--who rejected the criticism out of hand and proceeded to
ruin his painting.
So, my questions are: do you think this appropriate? can you offer
suggestions for another way of communicating ideas for improvement?