I was trolling the interwebs and gathering up some of my favorite links to post in my sidebar. I was scrolling through one of the blogs and came across an interesting and provocative post. This guy is an Art teacher and he hangs a “NoNo” board in his classroom. It’s a series of pictures of “typical” drawings that Art teachers really do dislike stick figures, childish trees, corner suns, etc. You can check it out here.
I think initially this is quite offensive. We’re educator’s of creativity. How can we tell a child “No” so boldly. I didn’t react aggressively to the post but I did and still do disagree with it. I brought it up with the hubs and we had a long conversation about it. Question: is this saying no to something created or is it presumptive? Mike thinks it’s presumptive and that it’s just there as a deterrent to the go-to art drawings. “Yes,” I agreed “but I still don’t think it should be put out there in that way.” I think I understand where he’s coming from but in my art room I just verbalize it through the use of “Don’t copy me” and “I think that’s a great start but I think you could add ‘blank’ or work on ‘blank’.” The comments were a bit emotional and overboard but it brought up a good discussion with the hubs. I get that we have to put out there that perhaps one way is wrong but all these other ideas are right instead of this one idea is correct and the rest are wrong. I get that and try to encourage it in my room everyday. There’s always the trouble of putting something out there (as he said) and knowing it will be judged. I don’t know how he runs his room and have no doubt that he is encouraging his students. I’m not convinced this is the way to do it though. What do you think? No need to muck up your replies with emotions. Thanks!