I finally had to say something <grin> I, also, don't work on student
work. While in middle school an (after school) instructor "fixed" the
face I was struggling with.....I still have the work and I still don't
own it.....I am not willing to take that chance with a student.
My goal is not for perfection or masterpieces, or many times even
finished, hangable works....it is for them to learn to see, to
explore, to experience.......their own successes at their level by
their own hands....so I question them, pushing them to see "where do
you see light" "what shape do you see" "what happens at that edge",
encouraging them to experiment, etc etc and then quick drawings,
demos, etc on another sheet when desired.
At a recent workshop the instructor wanted to "show me" by painting on
my image. I told him that I preferred that he not, he did anyway.
Needless to say I made a conscientious decision to take the work in a
totally different direction and insure that it was completely
When I feel the desire to really get in there and have my hands in
student works, then I know that I must not be doing enough of my own
and that I'd better set aside some time to nurture my personal art.