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Re: Artful Brain ( classroom metaphor)


Date: Tue Feb 24 2004 - 18:00:21 PST

I just told a wonderful student who has tried some fantastic things in
metalsmithing (that have not worked out)
that she had a 99 for risking for success.
She had just messed up a very experimental and wonderfully primitive
piece that she had worked on for 3 days in class. She melted a little
wire that held it all together. She was near tears. While other kids
have completed more successful work than she has, no one else has been
as resourceful, playful, responsible, helpful, and creative as she has
been. One more class in metals and she would be a knockout jeweler.
She needs more practice, but her ideas are SOLID. She looked so
surprised, and relieved too. Pity that they have to worry about grades
sometimes. I just wanted to tell her how proud I was of her risking for
success. She can always tell me what she has learned from mistakes, and
she had great ideas to fix a lot of problems that occured. Her name is
Sarah. Watch out for the rest of her work when I add it to the site.
We have our final crit Wednesday and they will wear a piece of their
jewelry to breakfast at the beignet shop across the street on our last
day. I have LOVED this class and truly hate to see it end. Isn't that
what it's all about?

Linda Woods

Visit our student's web art gallery at St.John's School
 click on "Stories of SJS," click on "Arts Stories," click on Linda
Woods' name. View artwork by Lower, and Middle School students as well
as our art archives.