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Don't fret. It seems to me that this is a wonderful opportunity to have a
discussion with them about "when things go wrong" and thatisn't a bad thing.
You could have them try to figure out what went wrong and what they could
change the next time they do it. Show them that in art (as in anything in
life) things don't always turn out the way expected. Leave it up to them
the way to react. Maybe they'll come up with a different project they can
be just as proud to take home.
>Subject: pretty bad day..
>Date: Thu, 22 Jul 1999 19:25:42 EDT
>Fellow artsednetters, I am not usually a pouter, but you will have to
>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
>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.
>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.
>Sorry to vent.
>Heather in GA :)
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