Calling all Art Teachers!

Calling all Art Teachers!

Teaching is one of the most wonderful and rewarding professions. The minute that a student looks up at you with wide-sparkly-eyes because they’re having a light-bulb moment, or cherishing the thought they’ve accomplished the impossible because of you, then it makes us, the teacher, all warm and fuzzy inside, sometimes even moving us to tears. Not many jobs have this much heart.

So why would you steal that special moment away from your students, or yourself?

How you ask?

It has come to our attention that not one, but a number of art teachers, are actually ‘fixing’ their students’ work, by painting directly onto their student’s canvas, or drawing on their drawing, instead of guiding and encouraging their students to try and push through.

The only way we learn is through time, practice and perseverance. Students will never learn without them struggling through their creative problems themselves. On top of which, the student can never really claim their piece of art as their own if their teacher has done all the difficult parts.

Students are often in awe of their teacher and will think this teaching method is awesome because all their troubles will be fixed within seconds of a teacher’s intervention. Unfortunately, it’s a lot worse than you think, because all the teacher has done is confirm their student’s inadequacies and that they’ll never be good enough to do it themselves.

Why not demonstrate what could be done on a different ‘practice’ canvas or piece of paper? Get students to mimic and practice, so they can build up confidence before applying the strokes to their own piece. Let them be in charge of their own work, let them enjoy their own self-expression, their failures, and their accomplishments. It’s their journey, not the teacher’s.

Please don’t take away a success story from a student just because it’s quicker for you.

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  • “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” – Mark van Doren

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It’s about assisting, not doing that encourages discovery!

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