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If I ask for a project to be done in B/W, and the student gives
me an outstanding piece with color, they don't make the grade...
One of my former students who moved on to another school came to me in
tears of rage. She had started working on an assignment and had
worked for days. As she worked the piece developed a life of its own
and went in a different direction than had been prescribed by the
assignment. She lost track of the original directive. She was so
excited about the work. When she turned it in the teacher held it up
and pointed out each criteria of the assignment that had not been met,
gave her an f, and tossed it into the garbage.
What is the message here to the student and the class? I know this
student. She is a divergent thinker, a dedicated worker, and has a
passion for art. After this treatment she refused to make another
artwork. So what was gained.
Sometimes, when I confer with a student, I have to search for ways the
assignment has been met and guide the artist to make a second piece to
demonstrate the understanding of the concepts that were not attempted.
Grades get in the way of the direction I like to go. The objective is
to explore the concepts and produce quality product. Also allowance
needs to be made for taking risks and deciding that some work goes
into the waste basket.
Sorry for ranting but I have a raw nerve when it comes to this
subject. These are my thoughts at 1:00 am when I am too tired to fall
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