These are some examples of the warm up skill building artworks the students have been working on. The students begin each class practicing a technique, adding on each day for a completed project before moving to their self-guided artwork.
I've really been working hard to figure out what works best for art student learning. There are basically two camps. Project based or process based teaching. Meeting the standards of learning, I believe, created a shift to project based teaching. This can result in some very beautiful, well planned projects... but, when I looked at what we as art teachers promote as an important component to education (creativity, exploration and problem solving to name a few), it just wasn't there. Instruction following? Check. Material use? Check. Learning art terms? Check. However, is that a way to create artists? I wasn't convinced. Choice-based learning seemed to fit the bill, this gives students access to materials to explore and create at will. It sounded fantastic and I had to try it! Except.... some students not only need, but enjoy the organization of guided projects and checking off the list of steps (so to speak), which can give a feeling of accomplishment.
I've landed on this format. We start class with a skill building warm up. This is a way to practice particular techniques, use materials, open art centers, and build finished artworks. Then students have the opportunity to move to self-guided art making. As the art centers become "open", students can use more and more materials. They also have sketchbooks, media books, or can look at a book from the art library as idea starters. I've found that this meets the needs of various types of learners, as well as offers a well rounded way to explore art.
Thanks to all who have responded about Artsonia. Be sure to check it out if you haven't already.
Carilion Clinic has a healing arts program and we're registering now through September 28 for our 2nd Patient Art Show. All ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. This show is a partnership of the Dr. Robert Keeley Healing Arts Program and the National Arts Program. Three art professionals will judge this show and determine winners of 19 cash awards totaling $3,950. And artwork can be offered for sale during the show.
Classifications include Youth, Teen, Adult Amateur, Adult Intermediate and Adult Professional. Please provide the attached flyer to students and colleagues who might have interest. Registration is online at www.nationalartsprogram.org/carilionpatient and this show is open to any person who received care from any Carilion provider at any location any time during 2016 or 2017.
All who register online will receive an email by the end of September with information on the location selected for dropping off artwork the week of October 9.
I'm hoping that you read the e-mail about Artsonia, but in case you missed it, please take a look at the information about it below.
Hello, BNS Families.
I am excited to implement Artsonia, an online platform to support the art classroom and create an online gallery for students.
Why do I love Artsonia?
This is optional. I'd like for you to let me know if this would work for your family by Wednesday, September 20. Not replying will equal "opting in" for Artsonia to send you an e-mail invitation. Please visit the Artsonia website (www.artsonia.com/parents) to understand what they offer.
I'm excited about the possibilities of increased communication with parents as well as streamlining artwork management.
This past week, all of the students had the opportunity to tie dye shirts in their class color. They did an excellent job in twisting the bands to tie shirts (Red Room artists of course supervised design), and rotate through the dye station that was set up. This was in addition to the independent art warm up and self directed projects they were working on as well. Check out that rainbow!
Have you seen the Mystery Artist bulletin board outside the art room? Maybe your child has been talking about it, or trying to solve the mystery. This is a new way to make connections and add a little extra way to reinforce art history. Here's how it works. Each month there will be an artwork displayed. Students can look for clues and have discussions about it. When they figured it out, they can fill out a paper slip, and each month there will be a drawing for a little art prize. I hope this is a fun way to support learning about art!
August featured artist was the Mono Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.
(check out the board to see who's name was drawn).
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.