Worst Art Teahcer Ever!
I'm guessing your still in high school? ...this will all change once u get to college.
I have found that most high school art teachers are like that also. The first one i had was. She was like SATAN. XD We all hated her so much. She also told us what to do, and never drew pictures, etc. AND she was a know-it-all ...when really (we caught her many times) she was tellin us the wrong things. So basically we dont know if what we learned was right. IT was bad.
ONCE, she actually said my painting of flowers was "too dark", and then left and said "i'll show you". She came back with a brush & terpentine, and started RUINING the background of my picture!! Like wtf?!! I actually gasped, and the whole class stared in disbelief. I was only a sophmore, We didnt dare call her out on it (cuz she was nuts), but everyone thought it was cruel. I wanted to cry.
She ended up moving away (& i found out when i came back the next year, she stole 2 of my art peices!!), but then we got the best art teacher ive ever seen. And we were never happier. <3 Mr. Ramey <3
And not to offend any HS art teachers ....but i have found that most (i didnt say all) people that train for an art-teacher-degree can't make their own art. I'm sorry, but they cant (i have met some that do, and im not saying they dont love art and enjoy it). I was a college art (studio) major, and all the people who went for art (teaching) majors ...sucked horribly. I was shocked. And now i know why most my HS art teachers never showed us their work (Mr. Ramey did <3). And i dont think that is very fair ...especially if theyre going to be all high-and-mighty about their 'talents' once they start teaching. And that REALLY doesnt give them the right to put down students work. They think they know it all cuz ur so young, and they believe they are better. It makes me very angry.
But in your situation, all i can say is ...just dont listen to him. My old teacher was like him (or worse), & i just made what i wanted to make, whether they liked it or not. If they gave me a bad grade (which usually didnt happen cuz i was the better of my class to their dislike), i just took it. Cuz i knew they were wrong & was happy w/ what i did. Hopefully a better teacher will come around.
But once you get out of high school ...you wont have to worry about people like them for the most part. Just do what u want to do.
(that was long sorry XD)
I know this. My art teacher in high school was like that. She wanted us to plan it out, and to decieded what we are going to do before we would do it, but she would annoyingly point out the mistakes all the time. As I've posted before i'm really into doing make-up which means when we where doing masks, it was a something i was really excited for. But she wanted me to do it this way, not that way. She didnt think that doing purple undertones on the low parts was a good idea, nor yellowy green on the high points was a good idea. I got annoyed, did the whole thing without listening to her just "yup"ed and "sure"d it as she told me not to do that, or not to do this. I ended up with the best mask in the class (and she was like, "See if i told you it would work out") sometimes i just feel the need to ignore teachers not saying you should. But i did alot, cause alot of teachers dont get actual creative people, they get wanna-be's and need to rein them in. And know, there is a deep thinker thing about never taking anything personally, cause alot of the time its just someone being a dink and using their power over you to make them feel better.
I'm the teacher so what i say goes. type idea, you know?
well special as you can see you have alot of supporters on the funny side i had an art teacher who was also the soccer coach my freshman year he also had a spanish accent let us eat in class and would say just draw this or that and we would draw it or really if you gave him a stick figure he would say thats a very good stick .he also was not scared to eat twinkies off the floor a girl dropped one once and he just dusted it off and ate it we didnt learn crap but it sure was fun to be in there.
Wow, sorry but that doesn't sound that bad. My art teacher called me fat, screamed at a girl that she was a retard and then slammed the door on her so hard the glass smashed and charged her for it, and used to rip up pieces of peoples' work in class and tell everyone it was just shitty and a waste of materials. Yours just sounds like a normal art teacher - if you're getting marked for something creative, they're gonna try and make you get the highest marks, even if it's not artistically brilliant, just because that's what matters to them.
Although he sounds rather horrible and negative, I do have a little empathy as I teach a creative subject. There are 2 parts to every creative art: the art (ideas/feelings etc') and the craft (being able to do it). For the craft part, I DO have to inform people (not like he does! Politely!) when they are making practical errors and how to correct them. No matter how politely I (as a practitioner, someone who's been through all the training and lived the life and done the job before teaching) say it, some will always turn it back on me with the 'drama/writing is creative and you are stifling my creativity by insisting I warm up/project me voice/keep a rehearsal log' stuff. I could equally post a rant about worst students ever, telling me (the person who has made real sacrifices and had successes in a drama career) 'what drama is' from a high horse - but often it's just a defence mechanism. If it is just what they think then that is terribly disrespectful to the craft they wish to pursue.
Artists like Tracy Emin can only do wacky stuff because they have selected that method out of all of the methods at their fingertips- when she, as an expert embroiderer, decides to show an unmade bed it's because it's the best idea for her. Without technique, the freedom of conceptual art would be questionable and questioned.
It's like our voices. They are there to express exactly how we feel; however screaming and swearing (which has its place) is not enough and we also develop speech- and some (orators such as Barack Obama) take it to the next level. They aren't just magically 'expressing themselves'- the craft they've honed helps them.
The magic Mozart idea's just a myth-- he practised 10 hours a day every day of his life- to be good at any art, it takes hours and hours of boring groundwork. It's not nice for anyone (and once again I am not condoning your teacher's conduct) but if art is to be valuable, 'anything goes' isn't good enough and someone- better the teacher than being humiliatingly shot down at your 1st 'real world' job interview/audition/portfolio meeting- has to deliver the tough blows. For the good of the person- so they get better at the art/craft they love.
Also- just putting this out there (a lot of teachers do go into it as a safe option, that much is true)...but those of you who are of school age, at 1 high school- ask yourselves, are you really in a position to stereotype all art teachers as failures? Or is that just something you've heard/read in the papers that happens to fit well with YOUR anger at YOUR bad teacher.
You guys are at the end of exactly the same prejudice when someone mistreats you because 'all teenagers are rude, stupid' etc'. Those people are judging all by an experience with one or two and a lot of stuff they've gossiped about/read in the papers.
It isn't fair and it isn't right. And this is a teacher saying this not because they are a teacher, but because they are a human and someone who believes in good manners and looking for the good in all.
Urghhh i know the feeling . My old school art teacher was such a jerk , i feel like saying hey theres this new invention called free expression look it up. I feel like saying stop insulting me I'll make my own damn art !
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