In the middle school art classes, we are beginning to talk about their next project... Art Activism. Seems coincidentally relevant at this time. Below is a video we watched last week featuring artist Faith Ringgold discussing her experiences as a black female artist in the 70s.
At the beginning of art class we do a little art warm up activity. Students are given a prompt, and they respond visually for a few minutes before moving on to an artwork of their inspiration. These warm up activities sometimes consist of layering several times to create a completed artwork. Below are a few examples of how Yellow Room artists filled their paper with an overlapping line, looked for a figure or object, then added color. Green Room artists practiced gesture drawings in their sketchbooks, created a watercolor background, then added a contrasting gesture using charcoal.
This is why it feels good to give the students "choice". The students are introduced to different stations throughout the year and are encouraged to try them out, but sometimes you just have an idea and want to get it down on paper. Check out below what the creative space can look like all during the same class with Red and Orange room artists... this is after the cutting and paper station has been opened.
Hello, my name is Patti Rowland and I am the art teacher for grades K - 8 at Blacksburg New School. I feel very fortunate to be able to have each class for an hour two times a week. Teaching at Blacksburg New School gives me the opportunity to explore and create a curriculum that incorporates choice-based learning, which serves the varying processing styles of our young artists.