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Kathleen Cooper (Samantha1)
Thu, 21 Oct 1999 21:30:39 -0400

I hear this from my students also. I use the same approach that you do.
When students complain that a project is too hard, I tell them it is
supposed to be difficult, because it's making them think and helping them
to develop problem solving skills. I also explain that if the projects were
easy then they would not be learning anything, but rather just doing
something that they already know how to do. I tell them that I ask them to
do difficult things, but never anything that they can't do or aren't
capable to do.

At 08:28 PM 10/21/99 -0400, Wizzlewolf wrote:
>In a message dated 10/21/99 8:02:22 PM, paris wrote:
><<I get asked all the time specific questions on what they
>should do. I throw it back at them with "That's your problem" after
>explaining that I am not being flippant, but that as an artist that is a
>decision for them to make. I get so tired of hearing "This is too hard!"
>Since I work with Severely Emotionally Disturbed K-12, I hear "I can't" or
>"This is too hard" at LEAST fifty times a day. But if they say it is hard, I
>remind them that art can be a lot of work, but it is worth it! If they say
>they "can't", I tell them that is why they are in art class. They need to
>learn how and with PRACTICE they will. Also, if they ask "What am I supposed
>to do?" about this or that, I say "Gee, you will have to make that decision
>because YOU are the artist!"