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train wrecks


Date: Tue Nov 30 2004 - 03:25:44 PST

To Mike
  We have all had train wrecks....but that's part of the beauty of teaching...the unexpected, the unexplained, and the marvel about how you ever survived it! I am tres lucky to have lived long enough to make it from being the only art teacher in my building to teacher leader of 3, one of whom was my student. Chris and I laugh about the train wrecks he survived in my classes, AND, how those assignments were the most memorable. Why? because we were all scrambling to survive them, student and teacher alike! My students over the years have told me that what they like about art class is the honesty. We (teacher and student) set goals, try to meet them, critique the outcome and the process, all learn from it, laugh, and move on. We teach in a high school to a population who primarily is not going on to be professional artists. But, we treat the class as if they all are, as if they are in a studio, and in the 'studio' experience experimentation (i.e. train wrecks) is par for the course. Ask Leonardo about what he w
ould do differently about his fresco called The Last Supper. (now there was a train wreck...while the work is amazing, the process was a failure).

Over the upcomng winter break, I plan to try to make a home page, and display some of my students work. Perhaps I will have a trainwreck section...with students' permission of course, with a narrative on what went right and's a thought

San D