My daughter hates art now

United States
December 8, 2013 12:41pm CST
Because of one simple person she's lost all confidence in her work. "My art teacher expects everything to be perfect", she says. I reminded her of what I've taught before about critics and how to use them to better herself. Normally my little speech would work, but now it's like she doesn't even want to try. She complains that everyone is always asking her to draw this and draw that and it annoys her. I tried to explain that this is just another form of compliment. Why would anyone ask you to do something they think you aren't good at? Still she doesn't wish to hear it. Some people have seen her art work from school and they called me offering a scholarship and wanting to see more of her drawings. For now I had to turn them down because what's the use? I'm not going to make her do something she doesn't want to. She's aware of the call, but doesn't care about it. Not even that they said her skill level is above average for her age group. I figured that bit of news coming from them would boost her ego, but nope. She is not one to just let anything get her down like that, so I don't understand what is different this time. What would you do in this situation?
2 responses
@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Dec 13
You've said your piece, so any more would probably annoy her. If she's receptive to talking to the scholarship people, I'd say see if they will talk to her. If not, let it go. She'll either come around or not, in her own time...
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• United States
9 Dec 13
That's what I figured. I'll take your advice and see what happens. I just hate to see a good talent put to waste.
• Moradabad, India
9 Dec 13
The art is longer than man's life. Thanks.
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