Many of you responded with great suggestions on how to deal with my
challenging advanced painting student. Based on your comments I tried
talking with him again, referring him to special programs and counselors,
phoning his parent again, etc. Nothing made a difference. He failed my
class and his other art class. Not that I would wish failure on anyone,
but I was a little relieved to see that it was not just my class that was a
problem. We are now nine weeks into the school year. He's started
working! I taught them how to stretch canvas and allowed them a choice of
subjects for this work. I guess it was too much fun to resist. Go figure.
Special thanks to whoever suggested the garbage bag fashion show. I used it
as part of my art club initiation. It was a big hit. The whole evening
went well. The new members were the fauves(wild beasts) who had to impress
the old masters (returning members) with their wild creativity in the
fashion show and in the brush race.