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Re: Why hang onto students art


From: menichino (menichino_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Jul 19 2002 - 07:49:12 PDT

Yes, Wayne, I think it is more meaningful for the elementary kids to take
their work home as soon as possible. I teach K-5 and find that the little
guys live for the moment and the process and product are so much more
important to them if it's not old news. I have a bit of trouble coming up
with work for our annual art show if I don't make it a point to "borrow"
some during the year, but I prefer to send it home with the kids. That way
they can tell their folks what it was about before they forget! Besides, I
like walking a class back to their homerooms and seeing them spontaneously
showing other students in the halls what they just made and getting positive
responses. I always wished my own kids had brought their work home like
that but their art teacher preferred to keep it till the end of the year.
It wasn't always in very good shape when it got home!
Liz in rural NY

----- Original Message -----

> Students are allways asking when they can take their artwork home. I
> again and again the importance of keeping a portfolio. And at the end of
> each semester I end up with piles and piles of students work.. things,
> and projects the student did not want. Wouldn't it be more meaningful
> a bigger impact on the students art development) if after each project too
> send the artwork home.. after I have given a grade. Just a thought..
> Wayne S