REsponding to artwork
From an early age we begin to see ourselves in the reactions of others. Sometimes we as adults react to children's art in a negative way without intending to cause hurt feelings. Here are some suggestions on how to encourage our students to feel good about their work. If they are feeling good they will take more risks etc..
Try to AVOID saying value judgements that create labels and need for approval such as:
That is good.
That doesn't look like a _____ (person, tree etc).
GREAT ways to respond: make specific observations that encourage efforts and open up conversation such as:
Tell me about what you did..
I noticed you used a lot of (color, shapes, etc.)
That really caught my eye.
I love seeing you so involved.