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Re:[teacherartexchange] teacherartexchange digest: October 29, 2006


From: Michelle Best (michellebest_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Oct 31 2006 - 05:31:19 PST

Hello Rene,

I think this is a great quote. I will probably use it if you don't mind. My students have also begun to see mistakes as part of art. I am constantly telling them NO ONE IS PERFECT!! I think a cute thing to say, (another art teacher taught me), is "IN LIFE WE ARE GOING TO MAKE MISTAKES, B/C NO ONE IS PERFECT....SO IF WE MAKE A MISTAKE IN LIFE, DO WE GET A NEW LIFE? NO....WE LEARN HOW TO MAKE OUR MISTAKES WORK OUT FOR THE GOOD. THAT'S WHAT WE CAN DO WITH OUR MISTAKES IN ART....LEARN FROM THEM AND TURN THEM INTO SOMETHING GOOD."


Subject: Re: Mistakes in Art
From: Rene Jones <>
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2006 11:54:06 -0800 (PST)
X-Message-Number: 15

I usually just read the posts ( kind of voyerish) but
felt I could make a contribution to the discussion
about making mistakes. Teaching young 5's through 5th
grade, I often hear my students say "I messed up" and
then expect me to give them a new paper. I don't
believe in letting them start over instead I put up a
note in each of my art rooms that says..."Artists
don't mess up or make mistakes....they just make
changes" Now when one of them says "I messed up" I
hear other kids tell them..."just change it". They're
starting to understand that it's OK for art to
constantly evolve as it's being created. It then makes
them think critically....which is a good thing.

Rene Jones

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