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In a message dated 5/14/00 10:03:56 AM Central Daylight Time,
My point is when a student says they can't or messed up. It's just
impossible! Sometimes mistakes turn into great works of art. Can't is
not a word in the art classroom!! Neither is mistake!
Sandra in AL >>
This reminds me of a College class (basic design 1) I had. I transferred
out of that college after 1 semester b/c the professor constantly said, "If
you mess up, you will have to start over. If you get a smudge, wrinkle or go
out of the lines, you will get counted off." I felt like I was in
kindergarten. I am naturally a neat person when it comes to graphic work,
but she down right stifled my creativity. I would not DARE do anything
extra, only the basic assignment for fear I would mess up. She also made us
use pen & ink from a well instead of the pens. Many kids would spill their
ink at the midnight hour and have to start over on their project they had
spent days on. I think maybe this is why I had trouble learning watercolor
at my first attempts b/c I find now it is best to be free with watercolor. I
have had to unlearn the controlled style of painting. Basically I had to
learn to get painterly and now I love it.
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