in 11th grade art we had to make mythical creatures with clay but i didn’t want to do that so i made a log and added a lil worm friend on top of it but my teacher got mad and said i had to make it mythical so i added a horn to it and made it a uniworm
this is why art classes in schools suck. That is a bloody amazing log. look at the texture, the colour. The worm is incredible and the teacher is unhappy because it was supposed to be mythical? Who the fuck cares? will the teacher have their pay docked if a student makes a logworm instead of a basilisk???
This furthers the argument that school is about following instructions, not learning. That really is a great sculpture, by the way.
Try using that logic when you grow up and get job. Your boss won’t give a shit how good the texture of that log is, if they want a mythical creature you better give them one. Let’s see how long you last if you can’t even follow simple instructions. The school system is shitty in a lot of ways but teaching you to follow basic assignments is not one of them.
Isn’t that exactly the problem though? School teaches you to do factory work. It’s assumed that you’ll /have/ a boss, not /be/ a boss.
Even if you’re a “boss” you still have people to answer to, and if you can’t follow a simple guideline (which, in this case, was a pretty freaking broad guideline) then you probably don’t deserve to be a boss in the first place.
Every assignment and project, whether it’s at work or school, will have some stipulations which you have to work around. Is it an amazing log and worm? Yes. Was it what the teacher assigned? No. This person does not deserve an A because it’s not what was assigned. Conversely, say you are the head of an ad agency. You’re the boss. You can make magnificent work for a client, but if the client wanted you to repackage dish soap and you gave them a 4.5ft bronze statue of Michael Jackson, they won’t care how realistic it is, they’ll just hate you for wasting everyone’s time, effort, and resources.
Schools should encourage creative thinking, but in most jobs you don’t have complete creative freedom. Especially because the teacher gave these students a parameter that allows a great deal of creativity, I can’t blame them for being mad at this. Even though it’s a good piece, it’s not what was desired. No matter how technically good a piece is, if the client doesn’t want it, you’re going to fail in the business world because just about everyone has to answer to and please someone.
I agree with this. Half of the key to success when it comes to exams, assignments, and jobs is remaining within the brief as given. The teacher isn’t just giving a brief to be awkward, or to help people who might otherwise not know what to sculpt. They’re setting it because taking a brief and using your creativity while remaining within its parameters is a really useful skill that everyone needs practice in. The instruction of creating a mythological creature allowed for a great deal of personal interpretation and creativity, and so purposefully not following it makes it look like you either can’t listen to instructions, or don’t want to.
(For the record, being able to independantly produce work or create a project with no prompting or instructions is also a very valuable skill, this just wasn’t the time and place for it! Hopefully there will come a time when this person gets to do their own pottery project. I do love their sculpture to bits, I’m just worried about the attitude that comes with it means they are missing out on learning a vital skill.)