• snoopyartgallery
    Name: Mr. Jennings
    Email: ron.jennings@slps.org
    Room Number(s):309
    Subject(s):Arts and Crafts of the World,
    Drawing and Painting, Ceramics, Introduction to Art, AP Studio Art 2D and 3D (pre-requiste for 2D Introduction to Art, Drawing and Painting; for 3D Ceramics, must have earned A/B in class and teacher recommendation).
    Building Phone: 314-367-9222 ext 44329
    AP Studio Art Submission update (March 30, 2020)
    AP Studio Art
    Teacher Message: Never know what you are capable of doing until you try.
    "Poor Planning Produces Poor Projects!"

    In the Disney/Pixar movie "Ratatouille" the main message is "Any body can cook!" I use that saying in the artroom where "Any body can draw!" When you have the desire, passion, and willingness to try as well as a willingness to practice is when you can become a true artist. Some people have the talent but not the passion where others may not think their art is very good but are willing to try. The later group of people are the ones who will be much more successful in art or any other field the student wishes to pursue. Failure leads to success as long as you learn from your previous mistake(s). For example some critics of Thomas Edison said he failed 1,500 times in creating the incandescent light bulb. But Edison says "No I did not fail I just found 1,500 ways on how NOT to make the light bulb and one way to make it work." Thomas Jefferson said: "Many people stop trying when they are just short of greatness!" All students have talent but it is getting the student to see where their talents lie whether it is in art or some other field.

    I encourage students to try and fail and then try again. Students need to learn to take these educational risks and learn it is ok if something is not done right the first time. I have seen to many students struggle and become frustrated when their project is not "perfect." I kindly tell them that art takes many years to "perfect." Even then the artist feels their project is still not perfect but we keep on trying. With that said what I really would like the students to learn is to learn to develop different ideas for a project (planning), learn to pick the best solution to develop the project (execution), and learn to reflect about what they did in order to complete the project (evaluation).