Yes, I do have guidelines (self-imposed) about appropriate subject matter.
No violence, hate, drugs, alcohol or sex. I teach middle school and I do
allow "gross" (as I define it.) So, snot-related themes are OK by me.
I often use a theme of "impossible" situations in my assignments. Then
when a students wants to use violence, drugs, etc. I point out that it
doesn't meet the requirement of being impossible. The impossible theme also
really stimulates student creativity.
As for taking disturbing images to the school counselor; you bet!! I've
done that on a handful of occasions. It either ends up being a very
insightful diagnostic tool or the student is embarrassed out of doing such
"trite" trendy images just to be cool.
-Alix E. Peshette
Technology Training Specialist
Davis Joint Unified School District
"Former traditional art teacher"
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Subject: art room rules (images)
Does any school require rules about what can and cannot be addressed
in the art room? Like "school appropriate" subject matter (no images
of guns, no gang symbols, drugs etc.) Probably Middle and High School
With new responsibilities here in New York for school violence, does
anyone show an AP or guidance counselor work with "disturbing"
content, such as the aforementioned weapons (bombs) etc. My
understanding is that we are responsible if a child uses disturbing
images and we do not report it and something violent happens by or
to that child. Art as an early warning for Columbine.