Process vs Product

I've been thinking a lot about the art making process versus the creation of art product. Bulletin board displays of student work may display the fruit of my teaching labors but do not always represent the great learning that takes place.
Separating my ego from the quality of art on display is not always easy. Let's face it, some artwork produced can be fairly devoid of visual interest, for all but the loving parent at home, yet I know student artists engaged and struggled and came out the other end with an acceptance of new ideas and ways of thinking.
Yes, there are a myriad art projects available on-line that will result in 100% cool-looking objects, but this canned approach to art making isn't really for me. I also don't like to sort out the "best" work to exhibit.
Sometimes, I just hand the staplers to my students and have them plaster the hallways with their work. They love it and it saves me a lot of time. However, it may be best not to try this display approach if you and/or your site administrator are perfectionists!


  1. That`s so true! Thank you so much for this post.

  2. Hi Kari -
    I have the same issue and I always feel a bit anxious about how my students' work will be perceived. Often it isn't 'beautiful' or engaging, but there is so much learning behind it. Yes, I need to get better about letting my ego go...


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