Ok , I know I should never let a couple of middle schoolers comments get to me,
but I am frustrated after two Honors kids were complaining about sketching.
I have had an 8th grade Honors class for 6 years( meet twice a week all year) (
with many absences for concerts & band competition). I assign them a weekly
sketch assignment that they get a handout on the first day of class in August.
So they can see all the assignments at a glance and their due dates. I even
build breaks ( no assignments) in for holidays or when our Art Fair comes up.
Some of the assignments are not even sketches. I have them do some lighter things
for a change of pace. For example , a scary face collage ( which we use to paint
on a pumpkin in the fall) and interesting rubbings .
I like to leave the assignments open -ended like the one that says sketch an
interior ( of anything) or a summer memory. In March I give them a whole month
to set up an appointment with a staff member to sketch them. Half of them cheated
with photos ( they got F's and one week to redo or they couldn't do the hand
casting at the end of the year).
It seems every year there are kids who complain about having to sketch. I start
to think why did they ever apply for the program?
Some say they want to sketch what they want. I sure know how that would work with
middle school kids. It would be cartoons or whining " I don't know what to
sketch". Or just plain garbage.
I've done lots of research and planning to make my sketch assignments and have
fine- tuned it many times. I know I shouldn't let a couple or 13 year olds get to
me, but every year there are complaints about there homework in Art Studio.
I'm wondering what are your thoughts as I continue my quest to make my program
the best it can be.
MaryB ( 8 days left!)
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