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One idea might be to take them outside. There, they can sample from places
that appeal to them, using many kinds of "artistic" tools. Cameras
sometimes work wonders for those of us who are not artistic in the usual
sense. At least, I was one of those three kids you have - at least a lot
like them. I wish someone had given me an assignment with a camera!
>Here's a wide open question from a novice: How do you motivate the
>unmotivated? I have art with grades 5, 7 and 8. The kids that don't
>consider themselves artistic are doing well and exploring and being
>adventurous. The kids that consider themselves 'artistic' are not. They
>want to draw what they want to draw from their imagination. they are
>very smart, very creative and very vocal about their objections to my
>latest assignment. I also have three kids who refuse to believe that
>they can create anything 'because they aren't artist' or 'my thing is
>... not art' and they'll sit there and do nothing rather than try.
>Thats 7 unhappy kids out of 24. Any suggestions?
>New Life Christian Day School