I agree with you. I personally think it is disrespectful to draw or paint
on a student's work. I will use scratch paper, as you do--or put a piece of
clear acetate over a student's work and draw on that, if it seems it would
be helpful. Usually, I encourage students to figure out a way to make
something work by using leading questions. I tell students if I draw on
their piece, it is no longer their piece. I have a colleague who does
correct student's work, and it is interesting to hear some of the negative
feedback I have heard from students about this. And--my opinion on this is
based on working with elementary students now--but I felt the same way when
I was teaching watercolor painting to adult students.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Leah Korican" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Saturday, July 15, 2006 4:02 PM
Subject: [teacherartexchange] drawing on students work
> One thing that came up in the recent discussion was teachers who "correct"
> students work by drawing or painting on it. I have had teachers do this to
> me and generally not found it helpful and I don't do it on my students
> work. If I want to show them something specific I will draw or paint it on
> a piece of scratch paper. I have a colleague who teaches both elementary
> and middle school and does "show" students how to draw something on their
> piece or blends colors for them etc.The work often comes out looking
> "better" (ie more realistic ) than it would otherwise and parents and
> administrators are wowed. I feel like it's not really teaching them and
> emphasizing product over process too much. We have discussed it and this
> teacher defends the practice as a way of teaching them, scaffolding them
> over tough patches, and giving the students confidence in their work. That
> if the students feel great about the product they will keep making art.
> What do you all think? Do any of you use this technique in your teaching?
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