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Re: keeping an eye on a student

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Sharon Hause (smhause)
Fri, 23 Apr 1999 12:53:40 PDT

I too, have had students who art work was very disturbing. I always
notifiy the the guidance counselor so that My obsverations be place in
their file. An isolated incident may not be a problem, but if more
teachers notice a pattern and document their behavior, then help can
be made available.

>From: John & Sandra Barrick <astroboy>
>Reply-To: astroboy
>To: MPBC90, artsednet list serve <>
>Subject: Re: keeping an eye on a student
>Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1999 14:05:01 -0400
>MPBC90 wrote:
>> He seems a nice 4th grade boy. Very large (overweight, really, but bulky),
>> relatively polite (no profanity or disrespectful phrases to me or other
>> students that I have noticed) but his preoccupation with some morbid scenes
>> is worth noting, right? For example, his Foil Man was a squished figure on a
>> drawn road, entitled "Man Run Over." It kind of made me grin, for it was a
>> first, and I just thought he was compensating for his lack of sculpting
>> ability! Then, his plaster figure was a man with a gun, leaning on it. A
>> recent sketch had a huge knife in the chest of a human figure with blood
>> dripping down. His perspective sketch(es) had a ghost-town-like look with
>> something like an old shoot-out occurring. Hmmmm. In light of this recent
>> tragedy, I do not know where to go now. This is also a rather suburban,
>> middle class/upperclass neighborhood, and a parochial school! Any
>> suggestions?
>> mp in NY
>It proves it can happen in all environments and all socioeconomic
>ones as well. How about redirection. It's great if he can find
>someone to talk with and express his feelings such as a counselor or
>mediator- but how to redirect in your classroom. In art I would
>making it a policy -artwork without violence. Meaning they have to
>figure out a way to solve the problem or express their feelings
>without weapons- guns, knives, bombs, etc. It's not as though he is
>going through art therapy- yes it is therapeutic but I'm referring
>to a regular art class. When he shows a sketch with a knife plunged
>into his chest- discuss the art work. Ask him how he's feeling and
>how the picture feels to him, maybe input from others but not
>criticism of him- more as an open discussion. Try to get him to find
>another way to express a different feeling in place of the knife-
>ask what other objects he can find in place of a weapon. Have the
>students use lighter colors. Pale
>off-white, lighter hues.If he feels sad and needs to express that
>then there is a need for it, but try to redirect to a less
>violent/aggressive scene with questions like-What if you added *?
>What if it was Spring? How could you change the scene to show hope
>or happiness?
>Best thing to do would just communicate with him- perhaps he doesn't
>have people asking him how he's doing, how he is? What he like's-
>Hope this helps,
>Sandra Barrick

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