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My daughter just took a high school art course (drawing). Her teacher had
fairly specific expectations for each assignment. Work was often brought
home to be finished (homework) and A's were not "easy". If you establish
such a reputation, perhaps students wouldn't take your class just to avoid
I became aware of a negative aspect to this teachers methods. He alienated
many incoming sophomores who had not had previous art classes.
He taught to the experienced or talented students. He did not assist
those new to art in basic drawing skills ("too boring -you get enough of
that in college") and yet he displayed everyone's artwork side by side in
Some of the students produced incredible art - I'm sure the teacher will
take great pride in exhibiting it in the next District art show. However,
many of my daughter's classmates were very discouraged and demotivated and
did not even bother to complete assignments. Apparently the teacher just
let them sit there. The sad thing is they will never take another art
course most likely and will forever consider themselves unable to do art.
My daughter was fortunate, I was able to show her techniques at home to
I guess my point is - expect a lot from your students but keep in mind that
as a high school art teacher you should be nuturing the artist in EACH
student - it's a skill and an appreciation useful in life that everyone