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Re:[teacherartexchange] teacherartexchange digest: October 24, 2006


From: Michelle Best (michellebest_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Oct 25 2006 - 05:04:33 PDT

I have to agree with Woody. I am not an "old art teacher"....I've only been teaching for 4 years, but I also have a problem with the touch up stuff. I am constantly telling students that art is a personal expression of who we are. If we touch up what they've done, that only contradicts this idea. It also sends the message that their work is not good enough the way they made it. I, personally, feel this will somehow effect their confidence in the long run.


Subject: Touching up Elementary Projects??
From: Julie Jacobusse <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2006 20:00:52 -0400
X-Message-Number: 10

I have heard about elementary art teachers that fix/touch up student
projects by having students complete in B&W and use the copier to
enhance/fix projects. Then give back to students to color/paint them
later. This was for an art show project-but I am not sure how I feel
about this...what do all of you think? I think the students should learn
how to draw/do things and that not every projects that students do will
be awesome-there are special ed students More recently I painted over
projects that had major mess-ups and the next time they came in asked
them to fix/touch it up just for the sake of time element-its hard to
talk them through fix-ups when you have a whole group to keep an eye
on. Maybe I should have not done that either-but since it is
elementary-felt it was ok-but middle and high schoolers would get upset
I am sure.
Thanks-Julie Jacobusse from Michigan now in georgia :)

Ps-My year has been going good-been busy-as PTO and other things going
on have been keeping me extremely busy-making posters, murlas and
displays. Fell like I am the schools interior decorator-LOL.

I would "never" mark on a students work period, let alone fix/touch =20
up a students art.
I have taken students drawings and copied them onto various types of =20
(using a copy machine) so they could have multiple drawings to paint =20
on. But,
it was completely their work. When I have suggestions to make or want to
demonstrate a technique I use a separate sheet of paper.

We had a professional artist do a watercolor workshop here in =20
His critique method was to paint on students work to show how to improve
the work. I spoke up and said, being an old art teacher I personally =20
had a
problem with that. So he only talked about suggested changes on mine. =20=

No one else
in the workshop seemed to mind his methods. Maybe it's just me or my =20
background ?

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