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Portait of a Youth by Sandro Botticelli
I’ve been given a chance to teach art to middle school students at a private school in the fall. I actually really enjoy working with this age group. I read a book recently that compared the adolescent brain to a waterfall–so much, coming so fast, that it’s better to constructively divert the flow than try to arrest it.
Visual art provides great opportunities for creative ways to divert the flow. I’m preparing my curriculum and materials, and I thought I’d ask Ricochet members about their experiences of taking art classes during pre-adolescence and adolescence.
What art did you study–or what art projects did you do–that still stay with you, for better or worse? What type of art do you wish you’d studied when you were in middle school or junior high?
Have your preferences in art changed since then? If so, in what ways?