I understand how you felt when your teacher drew on your work. My media of
choice is clay. I was a production potter. When we held critiques,
usually once a month, the professor would walk through, break everything he
disliked, then what was left, we critiqued. I was very upset and angry
about it but it made me work harder to please him. After two years, I
decided the h*** with him and made work to please me. He quit hounding me
after that. He was always on me for being a woman, coming from a junior
college, and other problems with my character. Production pottery is a
man's world and that is the way it should stay according to him. Well, I
made a living at it for a while. I developed health problems so I turned my
energies to teaching. I have been a teacher for 9 years now enjoying
nearly(honesty) each day.
When I had critiques that were, "You did well, I like this" that wasn't
helpful. I needed to know what about the artwork sent of spark of
enjoyment. Believe me, I liked the praise but empty praise is not helpful.
I use this philosophy with my own students. Simply telling them that it
is nice or pretty or finished, does not help them grow and problem solve.
"The texture you created with several colors on your tree makes it look
rough, nice job", is a much more detailed, thought provoking response
to,"do you like it?"
Lauren H. Killam