I don't necessarily agree. Last night during a conference, a parent
ridiculed the fifteen year old child for writing like a first grader, which
he does. He is fifteen years old. How does his "signature" reflect his age?
In any case, I had a discussion today with one of my students about
signing work. This student produces absolutely beautiful work and he is very
talented. It is such a joy to have him in class. However, he writes his name
usually at the top of the page in big letters. Then he wrote his nickname on
the right side of the paper larger than his name. I just about had a
coronary. His picture was ruined. He used watercolor paint to write the
nickname. I guess the good thing was that he learned how to make very dark
values when he wrote it.
So, I guess to kind of clear the record (and maybe I won't be getting so
much email saying I am a horrible art teacher because I don't let my
students sign their name on the front all the time) I need to explain my
students. When they sign their name, or rather print their name, it is in
huge letters extending at least half way across the paper. If they bump into
their picture, they will just write around it. And they are the most
heavy-handed students I have ever encountered.
What did I tell the talented student today? To sign his name in the
bottom right hand corner next time.
Jennifer in Michigan
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