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Re: Contests

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Terry Barrett (barrett.8)
Mon, 24 Mar 1997 15:55:58 -0500

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Gerald Brommer, the former teacher and author of art history and painting
books, once told a group of teachers at an OSU summer institute that his
art teaching changed radically for the better the day he decided to stop
entering his students' work in contests.

>About Contests:
>Our district is predominantly against contests. I personally like to do
>one a year with grades 4 and 5 because I make it a point to teach about
>making posters, visual awareness, lettering, spacing, etc. When they
>get to middle school they seem to make lots of posters including
>science exhibits, etc. They need to learn about these things.
>Besides, the computer in my room was won in an art contest with a radio
>station. I have been on both sides of art contests and know that some
>times very few kids enter and you can win "good stuff". I've even had
>the newspaper call me and beg me to get kids to enter because they have
>almost no entries. I usually do this because I know a few kids will win
>whatever prize is offered (last year 3 kids won $25 a piece).
>I know there are pros and cons about contests but I pick and choose and
>usually know there is a chance of knowing who will win. When a student
>wins it is the biggest boost in confidence- someone other than the art
>teacher saying that their work is good.
>That's my angle. What about you?
>Kelly in CT

Terry Barrett
Professor, Art Education
340 Hopkins Hall
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43210

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