Gaining Skills and Confidence

MaryFrances Perkins purposely keeps the demonstration mask she makes very simple, so students do their own work and are not tempted to copy her work. “There is no right or wrong in art — what anyone does is great. Our word is ‘awesome.’ It’s pleasing for me to see that they exchange ideas and that they are respectful,” she says.

Perkins observes that students have grown more confident in their work throughout the year. “In September, they normally start out saying, ‘I can’t do it; would you please help me?’ Now, all of them have grown. They are more willing to take a risk, take a chance, and [know that] it’s okay to make mistakes.”