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Re: "Best Art Student" Award?

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Elizabeth Stroud (stroud0718)
Fri, 14 May 1999 10:05:04 -0400

I agree with Linda. I award blue ribbons for "Best Effort." When a student has
really given his/her all on a project, I make a ribbon and mat the piece. I
also open this up to the students to bring me work they feel good about or
learned something meaningful; I also make a special ribbon for this, ie. Great
Variety of Line, Effective Composition, etc... As several others have said, I do
not feel that elementary students should have the pressure to produce- I feel
the process should be emphasized. I teach all levels and will enter my high
school students' work in competitions if they are interested, but I don't push

Linda Kelty wrote:

> Janine wrote:
> >What is your opinion & suggestions for criteria for "Best Art Student"
> award
> >at the elementary school level?
> I think awarding the "best" to any one student may encourage one student,
> but more likely establishes an unnecessary conceit and discourages many
> other students. I prefer to find strength in each student and award that,
> such as a strong sense of design or color, flexible thinking, approach to
> 3-d work, etc..
> Smaller awards, certificates or specific praise within the art room tends to
> fuel the drive to learn and develop rather than resting on their laurels.
> Once the student is acknowledged as "the best", where is there to grow to?
> Kids don't recognize the fluidity of intellectual growth because that's all
> they do...grow emotionally, academically, socially, etc.. Awards should be
> phrased to allow for continued growth such as "Best Design for age __ or
> grade ___". My preference is to award for voluntary participation in art
> club or projects. Hope this helps. Linda K. in Iowa
> >Thanks, J. Shafer
> ><>
> >Janine Shafer El. Art Specialist
> >messages can be left at:
> >Brown El. 2831 Garden Lane (616)982-4632
> >or
> >Lincoln El. 1102 Orchard Ave. (616)982-4634
> >St. Joseph, MI 49085
> >
> >
> >
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