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Re: [teacherartexchange] Craftsmanship


Date: Thu Feb 16 2006 - 10:51:50 PST

This year I've told the kids up front that art is communication. They are making art works that will go out into the world as ideas hanging on walls in an exhibition, and if they're putting in the minimal effort simply to show me they know the right answers, they're not making art. I focus the class on 'being an artist'. I grade 'portfolio' (doing the assignments) as one 20% category and 'presentation' as another 20%.


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>Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 09:09:44 -0500
>From: "Jennifer McGlothlin" <>
>Subject: [teacherartexchange] Craftsmanship
>To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group" <>
&gt;I am a middle school teacher in a state that does not require elementary
&gt;school students to take art. Therefore, they are missing the basics. How
&gt;do I emphasize the importance of craftsmanship? I have tried giving them
&gt;lower grades and telling them that if they want a better grade they have
&gt;to do it over and do it neater. I haven't had one even make an effort.
&gt;The middle grades do not require my class nor do they have to pass it.
&gt;Any helpful hints?
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