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Re: [teacherartexchange] a thought about what is art worth realistically


From: Woody Duncan (woodyduncan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Sep 20 2005 - 16:00:27 PDT

I personally would have been excited if I had won an
art class when I was in Jr. High. When I was teaching,
most of my Middle School art students would have gladly
looked forward to a weekend or summer art class. The
problem was always a lack of transportation. It would
be fantastic if transportation were provided. My kids
were poor or their parents were too busy working to
take them to the classes I could get scholarships for.

I think that an exhibit where each school got to display
a set number of pieces would work best. They could be
selected by the teacher. That way School X would not
have way more on display than school Y. I think equal
prizes for each school would be fair also. Although
I'm very competitive, I like to see everyone get equal
treatment especially at that age.

bkramer(POP) wrote:
> I've recently been asked to enter a middle school art show by our town art
> society. We met a couple of weeks ago to give our imput and one of the
> things discussed was the "winning prizes". From the get-go it seems it had
> already been decided that each school would receive a couple of prizes to
> make it equated and these prizes would be art classes for the winning
> students. Now...having taught middle schoolers for the majority of my
> career, I know what these birds like and don't like and art classes for
> prizes is not up there near the top of their lists. Cash has always been
> their primary incentive and the best motivator I've reality. When
> I mentioned this to the art show presenters, they looked at me like I had
> two heads. I "get" the art philosophy and the "feel good" thingy and the
> philosophical aloofness of art patrons but I feel when you're dealing with
> kids and non-artists/parents, they are looking at "How can I make a paying
> career out of this?" and "What is my art worth in the real world?"

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