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RE: Displaying artwork

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Fields, Linda (
Mon, 15 Feb 1999 10:45:36 -0500

Why not let each child choose the piece he or she would like to have
displayed? Linda in NC
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> hi Jen. I think it would be interesting to hear peoples opinions on
> displaying works, especially regarding these things you talk about:
> > Should ALL work be displayed? Are children
> >with "inferior" (to their way of thinking) products ever embarassed by
> >having their artwork displayed next to the "kid who can draw good?" Or in
> >your experience are all children proud of their work. What messages do
> we
> >send with either strategy...selecting the best, or showing them all? I
> am
> >not expounding my way here, I'm truly after opinion.
> My opinion on this is that most of the time All work should be displayed.
> I
> should hope one of our tasks as teachers is to build childrenīs self
> assurance so they will never be embarrassed by their works. One can always
> find things in childrenīs artworks to praise them for and thus slowly but
> surely build their self confidence along with teaching them. I do think
> that we can also have shows sometimes that focus more childrenīs cognitive
> developement and the connection to creativity, like the show on artsednet
> awhile ago, arranged by Elliot Eisner and others.
> > I once really got toasted by a parent who came to an open house to see a
> >display of about 75 pieces in an "art show" and didn't see anything by
> her
> >child. (One of 400) I was told the child was destroyed and I had ruined
> >her spark of creativity.
> I would personally never have an "art show" of my studentīs works and not
> show at least one work by each one.
> > I was also once similarly criticized by a parent
> >(to the school board of the private school I taught in at the time) for
> not
> >"sending home work to put on the refrigerator" regularly enough.
> >Your thoughts?
> >
> >Jen
> I donīt send works home for the refrigerator! My students keep their works
> in a portfolio and take them all home at the end of a semester.