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Lesson Plans

destroyed work

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Sat, 7 Mar 1998 10:50:04 -0500 (EST)

Lynda, as I'm sure you know, there is a difference between the child who
makes "mistakes" along the way, wishing to start over and the child who
destroys completed (or nearly completed) artwork. It's easy enough to provide
a child with another sheet of paper, if that is all s/he needs in order to
find satisfaction in artmaking. That's what most of us would do ourselves, if
we didn't like the way something was coming out. But it sounded like you were
more concerned about children who destroy work at the end of the process. In
the middle of a busy class, it is hard to step back and see why a child would
choose to do this. If you later look for patterns in that child's behavior
during art class, you may find some answers. I check in with classroom
teachers, and occasionally call parents if I am concerned. It's a good idea
to talk with the child at a time other than art class. Say what you have been
noticing, and see how they respond. Together you can set up a plan for
success in art class. Ultimately, the process is more valuable than the
product, but I know it is disappointing to see a wonderful work of art become

Diane Jaquith
Burr School
Newton, MA