I’m back. Thank you all for asking. NOT!!! I have ebola, and not one note of sympathy, not one tear, not one See’s walnut chew. I guarantee you I am FULL of piss and vinegar now.
Have you all noticed Bill’s new avatar? I know, I know, what is an avatar? It’s that little tiny picture that represents us when we make comments that you will find in the side bar here (scroll down and look to your right). Mine is of my strange little doll form. “grfxho” is another blogger whom we love dearly and comments on our blog more that ANYBODY!!! And Bill’s looks like, I don’t know, it’s awfully small–let’s see, smock, LARGE palette, painting in the backgr–ohhhh–a painter. He’s a PAINTER!!!!! Was that last Halloween Bill? That’s a really good one. Piss and vinegar. Might have been worth a walnut chew.
Okay, I have tried positive reinforcement. I have complimented students when I see them holding their brushes by their ends. I have pointed out to others how far away another student may be standing from their canvas, in an attempt to embue the students with pride or to make others strive to achieve the same, and it just isn’t working. This is one of the hardest habits to break students of: to get them to paint at arm’s distance while holding their brushes at the end in order that they will see the painting as a whole and aid them in their difficult task. Today I discovered a good way to make them do this. As soon as you see them, faces six inches from the surface, and paint brush in hand as if they are drawing eyelashes on a mouse with a pencil, when they are concentrating as hard as they can and the room is completely quiet, cup your hands into a roll in front of your mouth and in a low and booming voice call out “STEP AWAY FROM YOUR CANVAS”. It works great. They start out by jumping with fright. Hopefully, they will have accidentally dragged one color or value into the next with the jump, loosening something up, (they will certainly view it as a flaw at first), and then they will, if all goes as planned, remember it–the negative reinforcement that is. Okay, I’m sorry you guys, it was really obnoxious of me. But it worked!!!! By the way, next week I will resume my weekly post of a student work. Thank you for asking. NOT…
Have I mentioned how much I like Bill’s avatar?