Offense and feedback

zonAbout offensiveness:

Think about a happy person sitting in a fine quiet place, sunny, peaceful. You are happy.
Think again, same place, some minutes later. This person is feeling miserable.
What happened?
The only difference is: The person had some painful thoughts.

It is your own thinking, your own thoughts, that made you feel unhappy. (read Albert Ellis about this).

If you want to offer feedback be not too careful, because the student is not predictable.

  1. The student/artist will have to learn to accept feedback.
  2. One student will be offended by your careful feedback, the other will thank you kindly for the same feedback.
  3. Do make a difference between work of art and artist.(student or homework) Feedback should be given on the work.
  4. Do make clear your feedback is your (valuable) opinion.



4 thoughts on “Offense and feedback

  1. In art classes we would do peer critiques with supervision from the instructor at the beginning to keep us from hurting each other. Eventually a community would form and comments would become honest AND supportive. It’s important for students to accept what they have made as “real” and therefore worthy of comment. Even if the comments might hurt a bit the instructor should help celebrate the fact that the work done matters enough to be spoken of by others.
    My experience of school was that the whole thing was a phony system of praise or “failure” for pointless accomplishments, and it was only in art that things came anywhere near worth doing. Maybe because there was nothing in school that was mine to claim, defend and improve?

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