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Re: [teacherartexchange] Erasing/prohibiting student art long post


From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Apr 09 2008 - 15:06:40 PDT

My philosophy is that for my HS Art 1, MS art, Grades 3-6 - if you can't
wear it on a t-shirt to school you can't do it in class. If it's clay and
suggestive I throw it away. I don't fire ashtrays, bongs, pipes, mushrooms,
male parts, female parts, etc. If a student insists that a mushroom is "just
a vegetable" I tell them to go make a potato. Sounds harsh, but most aren't
really making an "artist" statement, they are just trying to amuse their
friends. My upper level HS art students however - the ones who are taking
art because they have a true interest in creating art - my philosophy is
different. IF there is something they truely want to do they must be willing
to present their case in front of the school board, the superintendant, the
principal, their parents, and the community. IF they feel strongly enough
about a subject that they are willing to stand up for their beliefs then I
will back them 100%. That is real world, even for working artists. I have
never had a student who was willing to take that stance.
3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
HS Digital Communications
Technology Integration Specialist

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