In one of my classes, I introduced a new project and had to clarify some parameters. Since I did not start the year with these kids, they have no idea of my expectations in the studio , and I do not know their understanding of studio practice other than what they have showed me. That said, we talked about certain symbology that would create distress within our environment, and that we are all part of a community of learners and artists that desire a safe space in which to create. There were lots of questions and pushing of boundaries. I attempted to make clear that what they did on their own time, not funded by community dollars, in their own house and own supplies, was their business and they could create whatever they wanted. I wanted them to understand that I was not trying to censor their entire span of expression but maintain a level of professionalism, due to a learning environment.
Here's to a fun, safe, creative, learning environment!