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Re: your art show

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Smurthwaite (smrthwt)
Sat, 17 May 1997 09:04:12 -0400

> I'd like to relate something interesting that happened at the show. The
> story starts back in March when I spoke to a parent about the poor attitude
> of her 8th grade son. He was very talented, but refused to attempt the
> projects I presented. The piece I showed her at the meeting was a small
> detailed painting of Michael Jordan in slam dunk position, in the middle of
> a huge blank red background. The idea of the lesson was to make the figure
> ground relationship equal, which this student openly refused to do. Anyway,
> at the art show, the parent asked me why this painting was in the show? She
> thought I didn't like it! I responded that while he didn't try to explore
> the concept I had set out, he did make a great painting which deserved to
> be shown. Has anything like this happened to others? Do you hang artwork
> that went somewhere interesting, yet didn't follow the path the teacher
> blazed?

Mark, Congrats on your show. Yes I show work that was taken to places
not directed. I am an end product person. I like divergent thinking
but the student usually must tell me that they want to try their artwork
a certain way (not for a quicker, faster product). But even then, if it
looks great I show it. (This can sometimes work against me if kids
catch on to this - but then they usually move on to the middle school
shortly after)

Kelly in CT