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As students mature they naturally are becoming more self conscious, and
peer critical as well. It is more risk for them personally to create,
wondering what others will think.
I even encounter this with the adult students I teach. It is much safer
and easier to say , "I can't". But a big part of art and the creative
process is about risk, which demands a good portion of spontaniety. I
think as art educators it is part of our responsibility to lead them
through the 'plunge', and enough times that , that self consciousness
wears down and is less risky for them personally.