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Re: pretty bad day..

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Linda Kelty (lckelty)
Fri, 23 Jul 1999 08:36:37 -0400

Heather, Let the kids know how you feel. They will be amazingly sympathetic
and helpful and forgiving. I had a kiln catastrophe and the kids were so
sympathetic that they made time on their own to redo the work for a tile
mural. It was so gratifying to gain this insight into their character that
I learned far more than they did. If you make a newspaper armature covered
in plastic for them, give them the materials to do it on their own at home,
they no doubt will be happy to do it. Kids sometimes like repeats of
stories or events that they like, sometimes even more than the involved
adults can stand. They don't view time and effort the same way adults do.
Don't take it too hard. It happens. The fact that you will accept
responsibility, apologize and give the kids an opportunity to create again
will go far in the kids experience of success and failure. What artist has
never had a disaster to deal with and come out the better for the problem
solving? Good luck and take care. Linda
-----Original Message-----
From: Sages7 <Sages7>
To: <>
Date: Thursday, July 22, 1999 7:17 PM
Subject: pretty bad day..

>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 :)