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Re: [teacherartexchange] Need Help With Difficult Parent

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bmarder_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Nov 14 2007 - 11:07:12 PST


How about mention careers in the art filed that did not exist when the
father was a student. Graphic design, video, and a host of other new
opportunities exist for a meaningful and lucrative profrssional life.
Incidentally a recnt article in the WSJ mantioned that so manykids ar
egraduating from law school these days that if you do not go to one of
the top ten you may end up with a $20 an hour job and $200 thou. of
student loans. Imagine if Jim Henson's dad did not wnat him to make
puppets!!!!

Does he want a happy kid or not?

Just mentioning a line of discussion you might have with the father.

Barbara Marder

Quoting Rebecca Burch <mamallama@gmail.com>:

> I have an amazing student ... I'll call him Max. Max is only in his
> first year of art classes at this school, but has drawing his entire
> life and has taken some art classes outside of school "for fun." He
> recently won best of show at a local juried exhibit for a
> self-portrait that still knocks my socks off everytime I look at it.
>
> Max has decided that he wants to go into art as a career. So, now in
> his senior year of high school, he is investigating the possibility of
> going to Columbus College of Art and Design. He really, really wants
> to go there, and I don't doubt that he would be accepted into the
> program.
>
> The thing is, his Dad is very upset at this last-minute decision and
> wants his son to stick with the original plan of going into
> engineering (a career path that Max swears will bore him to death.)
> Dad is filling Max's head with all kinds of borscht about how he'll
> never be able to get a job as an artist and how there's no market for
> paintings because it's all mass produced in China, now, and blah,
> blah, blah.
>
> The parents are coming in for a meeting with Max, the college
> counselor, and me later this week. The counselor and I agree that Max
> really ought to go after his art school dream because it's what he
> really wants. What I want to do is wow his Dad with a lot of facts
> and figures about the art world -- available jobs, new career fields
> opening up, how creatives are going to hold a lot of power in our
> post-industrial economy, etc...
>
> Where do I look? I can give him a million thoughts off the top of my
> head, but the guy's a lawyer. He's going to want concrete stuff...
> numbers.
>
> Any advice?
>
> Becky
> Charleston WV
>
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