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I agree about the extra paper, and paper is cheap compared to other
supplies. I guess the issue is more, "I made this line (first line of the
drawing) and it doesn't go where I want it to go, so I want to start over
again" syndrome. There is the creativity of taking that first line and
making it into something else. But it's also training to think before
doing. I don't care if a child has decided that the drawing doesn't work!
That is just as, or more valuable than deciding that the piece is a
masterpice! I try to tell all of my students that it's all an exercise,
like trying to learn to ride a bike. The more you practice the better you
get. But when students throw away a paper after putting down only one or
two lines, it's like giving the bike to someone else and saying "forget
it!" But the worst to me, and how this whole thread started, was that a
student would spend a whole hour on a great creative piece and then
sabotage it. I realize I have a group that has problems. I just want them
to start to value their time input, and see it as something to grow on, not
throw away at a whim. So I will try to keep portfolios this next 8 week
And do I keep what I draw all of the time? Not on your life. Plus I
wouldn't want someone to see my scribblings, so I make sure they aren't
left around are hidden from view as I also teach adults in my studio, but I
do assess the ones that are visual thoughts to something else and save
those. I guess students should be left a sense of value as well, as to what
they want to save, and what was not a good use of time or mind.
Do I have conflicting values here? Yep!
Can we teach young students to think like older artists? Save things, work
and rework thoughts, come back to drawings three years hence, improve, grow
the thought, add maturity, insight, different media? Nothing is difinitive?
No artwork is really finished, even if on exhibit in a gallery, it's still
a work in progress. Those ideals are what art is all about to me.
As a case in point, my son and I were recently going through stuff I kept
of his when he was in elementary school. He couldn't remember any of it,
but one piece caught his eye (he is now 17) and he took that thought and
created a whole new beautiful artwork.
I think we need to be honest with our art students, and let them know what
it's like to be an artist. The trials, tests, mis-adventures are all part
of the developement, as are the lack of funds for more paper, pastels,
markers, watercolors. It's all part of the life and times. If I won the
lottery tomorrow, my students would have a sink in the room (we don't, and
I change rooms every 8 weeks) great reproductions all around, field trips
to the Getty and elsewhere, videos galore, and lots and lots of supplies.
What would someone else add?
Sorry for the rant and venting,