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Art is visual and its sometimes difficult to make a point with words. If
I'm trying to demonstrate a particular technique or make a particular
suggestion, showing it on the child's project in the context of his work is
often the most direct way. Children are there to learn and I am there
because I have more knowledge and skills than they do. I ALWAYS ask a
student BEFORE I make a mark on their paper. I tell them what I am
planning to do and ask if its okay if I show them. I've rarely had a kid
say no! Now and then a student will say "I like it the way it is" and I'll
accept that. But I certainly don't feel like its a sin to touch a
student's work. This might be more of an issue as kids get into high
school and college where their skills and ideas are more fully developed.