I've always felt safe with visual art. If you're in the performing arts and you mess up, everyone sees it. In the visual arts, if you're not so good, you don't have to show it.
I very much prefer to have that control factor in my arsenal, because I'm not always that good.
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From: The Austin's
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2001 9:30 AM
Subject: Art Show Dilemma
Each year I put up 4 art shows - K-2, 3-4, 5-6, and then Jr/Sr High Fine Arts Night. While I fully believe that art is equally important at each school I teach at, I am concerned that the quality of work at the K-2 show is really not there. I have them 20 minutes a week for art, and 20 min. twice a week for library. In library we learn about illustrators (my evil response to their cutting my art program *L*). During my library time we also have to check books in/out, which leaves appx. 10 minutes if I hurry them - not alot of time to work on anything. I have focused less and less on giving them practice time, and more time spent on the process. I have tried to explain to my administrator that they are still learning - the end product is just not as pleasing to look at. How would you all handle this? I am curious as to whether I should justify what I'm doing, or just let the parents think that this is typical work? It's frustrating to me as I look back on past projects that were beautiful, and now they are just blobs! I would love to get rid of the art show at this level, but I will definately hear about it if I didn't!