Fellow artsednetters, I am not usually a pouter, but you will have to excuse
me for today. I have had an awful afternoon. I am teaching an art camp this
week. Yesterday my students molded masks over balloon armatures. They were
beautiful! Some of the kids did an amazing job, spending much time laboring
over their artwork. This afternoon when I went into my classroom to check on
the drying process I noticed that three of the balloons had popped and the
masks were no more. They were a combined pile of multicolor paper pulp.
I just feel sick! I have only had these children in my class for a week. How
do I tell them the work they did is ruined. I know that they enjoyed the
process and hopefully learned something with the experience, but these nine
year olds really wanted that mask to take home. I feel as though I have
broken a trust. I try so hard never to lose work or break other people's
work, because I know how it feels.
I realize that this is a learning experience for me, but it still does not
take away having to disappointment three talented young people.