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Re: Discouraging words


Date: Fri Oct 03 2003 - 07:02:01 PDT

In a message dated 10/3/2003 4:17:48 AM Pacific Standard Time, writes:
"That looks good but
Instead of these exact words I like to say this is a good area because it is
dark and the gradations are smooth or nice area in here where the colors are
not muddy, etc., and then go to a corrective statement. I will try to find a
good area or one that is better than the rest and then show them how to get the
rest to be like that.

If the work is sloppy and done without trying, I will encourage them to try
to elevate the work to something they have done in the past. If it is a kid
who has very limited ability and shows that this is the best they can do, I
praise them for trying and offer what little I can see to get them to a better

I feel that I must cater my statements to the individual in many cases as I
get to know them and their talent level.

Ken Schwab

Art teacher, Leigh high school, San Jose, CA
Website: Leigh Art