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Re:[teacherartexchange] frusterated students who destroyed their artwork


Date: Tue Apr 24 2007 - 16:09:24 PDT

As a first year teacher this blog has saved me this year! Thank you everyone
and Judy for your rationalizing and resources!

Today I encountered two 7th graders who's projects were due today. These two
students (at different times) miraculously decided they hated their work
with a passion and began working on the process of destroying it. The first
student, painted over the center of her mandala with a huge brown blob of a
flower, I kindly asked her what she was up too and she said she hated it. Her
artwork was beautiful and we spent 4 weeks on it so far. As frustrated as I was,
I walked away and let her try to work out her frustrations on her own. She
continued to use the paint in an inappropriate way and then I tried talking to,
to see what was going through her head and her reasoning for such hatred
towards her work. The communication was lacking on her part and she began to
throw a temper tantrum...
Right after this, another student who was also on a good track decided to
let her neighbor finger paint on her work. I am sure
Does anyone have any articles that might help my students understand or put
some more perspective on art making and issues in the art room?


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