quoting Dave..... "I can't imagine why anyone would want to hang on
to their work from elementary school and feel a sense of ownership,
when the best one could hope for is nostalgia. In my experience, I
didn't know enough about what I was doing in elementary, middle, or
even high school to feel any sense of "ownership" over my Art."
My husband would say that I have that middle school piece because I am
a pack rat and don't throw anything away :-)
The point being made with the grownup word of ownership was that at
the time I felt/got the message that I would never come through that
struggle without help/whatever as an 8th grader I felt. I'm not
willing to take that possibility because my goal is for them
to see, not necessarily see what I see....for them to risk, not always
follow, etc etc etc etc etc The same reason I didn't remake the bed
after my kids made them growing up (or insert your own story here if
you don't care about made up beds <grin> )...that learning was being
responsible (or whatever) not how well the bed was made!!
Maybe some nostalgia because that after school class was my only
experience - none in junior high, non in high school and non until
late in college....and now accepted into a juried show so I guess I
have gained a little confidence :-) I've always known I wanted to
teach and drawn to teach middle school so that, for among other
reasons, they will have that opportunity.
I do agree with some of the thoughts know the rules to break them and
about "sacredness" of the work and we do try to work through that as
artists in the classroom studio. Dave maybe you mentor was my
colleague who say the same thing (don't do for them what the kids can
do)!! Somewhere along the line there is that message that everything
has to go there, be excellent whatever....lots of why I posed some of
those questions........But we'll probably not throw the "misses"
away, just cut or tear it up and reuse, incorporate ........and I'm
still with you on this --I'm not going to work on their work :-) !!
boy this has been a fun and lively exchange today...thanks to all for
keeping me thinking~
creatively, Linda in Oregon