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RE: [teacherartexchange] damaged student art


From: Feldman, Amy (AmyF_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu May 17 2007 - 09:28:12 PDT

Seems to me that the issue here is not the artwork, but the students'
behaviors and the natural consequences that should follow when kids
make bad choices ,regardless of what was or was not damaged.... re:
artwork , the cost in terms of effort and creativity, can't be
evaluated monetarily... maybe it's a good opportunity to teach kids
about real one will ever be able to destroy the learning ,
the creative juices that went into the making of the art...If a display
of sports trophies had been destroyed, would there have been the message
to ALL the students have been the same??( just asking) -----Original
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Subject: RE: [teacherartexchange] damaged student art

I don't know of any policy - except what a teacher or department might
devise on sight.

I do feel that artwork is intrinsically valuable. I have pondered what
to do when a student - purposely or not - steals or damages another's

-----Original Message-----
From: christy hedman []
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2007 7:13 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] damaged student art

Do any districts have policies for damaged student
art? I had 3 pieces of art work when 2 girls fought in
a hallway causing a display case door to fall onto the
art. It could have been much much worse than it was.
All the damaged pieces were easily repaired. When I
spoke to administration I was told that it was
considered "school property" and we could only charge
the girls the cost of repairing the art. It took a
glue stick and a tiny bit of acrylic paint to fix
(less than a $1). He suggested I put a value on the
work and the girls could pay that. I guess we've
always had the discussion of how to value art work,
but I'm stuck here. I was so angry that there would be
no reprocussion for these girls' thoughtless
actions. I walked away saying " I guess they just
became million dollar art works. I'll be back to
discuss this with you later!" It's so disheartening
what it says about the administration...
any suggestions?? THoughts? Policies?

Christy Hedman

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