On my way to the hotel for National Art Convention another of the van passengers started talk to me. She made the comment about her son being involved in a program that teaches students how to make "ART, not refrigerator art." The next day I sat in on a few sessions in which students were creating this wonderful projects that would take f-o-r-e-v-e-r to finish.
It really got me thinking about what I do with my students. Are we creating images that will last forever (if only in my students hearts and minds) or are we creating things that are quickly thrown away?
As a parent I am learning that you CAN NOT keep every wonderful thing your child creates (I keep a lot of Jarrett's inside my cupboard doors or I photograph them and add them a photo album). BUT I would like to think that my students love their stuff enough to want to keep it... and yet I have students every quarter/semester who say "Do I have to take this home?" or "Can't I just throw it away?"
So my questions are...
- What if we did a lot of learning but only made 4-5 "Big" projects a year?
- What if a student disliked the big projects? Would art be a bust for them?
- What about art shows? Only 4 projects doesn't give a teacher a lot of choices... but if each of the projects was individualized for each student wouldn't they look more unique?
- How do you get all the mediums covered if they are only doing a few projects?
- Do you throw in a few smaller projects?