When I was observing one of my first art teacher/classrooms before the class
the teacher in residence told me today would be a particulary "tricky" day
because one of the little student's (a little girl) father had just
committed suicide 3 days prior and it would be her first day back in class.
This was a 1st grade class. After doing the assignment, which was a
"exploration" of imagination and a piece of art depiciting a "place" they
all would have liked to "fly" over in their minds, the class was released.
This particular little student did a picture of the Philadelphia Art
Musuem. I believe it was a place she and her father had gone to together.
She asked to take it home. When her regular teacher came to pick the class
up from the art room, she stood firm with little tears welling up in her
eyes, she really wanted to take this home to her mother. Both teachers
refused after much begging by the little student and she eventually left in
I will never forget the look on her face. And if any student really wants
to take something home to mommy? I firmly believe no rules, no "end of
year" show, no report card, not one thing I can think of should stand in the
way of their desire.