Friday, September 30, 2016

Autonomy begins

Two students naturally began collaborating on an idea: collecting data of the opinions of specific scent combinations of the Mr. Sketch markers. I am looking forward to seeing what they do with their data.  
In Panther's Palette studio, students are beginning to learn the routine of the drawing and painting centers. Second - fifth grade have "unlocked" all the mediums that are available by taking the time to practice techniques of each medium on a skill builder "key". Next, sketchbooks are being designed to hold the keys and sketches/plans of each student's artwork.  Like the scientific method, artists create in a rhythm of idea generation, planning, executing (creating), and reviewing (reflecting). This is the next step for our artists at SVES!
The student at the edge of the table has moved on from sketchbook design to idea generation--
practicing observational skills on sketch paper. 

This artist chose to utilize a photo reference to paint a rhino on her sketchbook. I encouraged her to draw with a pencil first before she painted, but she was excited to get right in with paint. 

The front and back (rainbow, upside down in photo) of a student's sketchbook design

 Kinders and First grade artists are working on a modified TAB. They stay at their home base tables for a more structured environment. Like the older artists, the students must "unlock" the tools by having a day to experiment and practice important techniques and skills before making an artwork. These grades have experimented with several drawing tools, practiced with scissors and glue, and have created collage artwork. (Next up: painting!) 
We discussed layering and detail. 

The action in this collage/drawing is all boy. 

This artist was very proud of the design she created with several stencils. 

This artwork (sideways) shows an apt toward building and sculpture concepts. 

This artist found an interesting texture (broken rubbing plate)

Fabulous blend of layering, detail and arrangement. 

The extraordinary skill levels of this first grade class had to be our first artist spotlight!!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Introduction to TAB at SVES

Pana-view of the Drawing Center

Already I see I change in my students' morale. Already I see that I am reaching students who I have not reached before in art class. Cycle one was all about introducing the idea of choice-based artwork, and how it would work in our crazy-fast 40 minute period with so many of us in the room. It will take time for us to learn the routine- and today, we just focused on the idea of an IDEA. It is all about the children, right? I know their names, but I do not know much else about them, and am so excited to get to know more about each child as I help bring their ideas to fruition. Today, our artists filled out an idea bank- a place to write about interests and think about what is important to them.

Around the perimeter of the room, centers of various media will be opened throughout the year. Currently, we are at "Level 1", the foundation of our visual language- drawing. The students are working to "unlock" the drawing tools by practicing various skill builders, which relate to the demo videos I tape and show them at the beginning of class that introduce various techniques with an art tool. For cycle one, we unlocked the tool that we are all most familiar with: crayons. I wanted the students to get a feel for the "unlocking" process, as well as use an old tool in a new way. Students created value with shading, texture with rubbing plates, and experimented with blending two or more colors together.

Next week, students will begin to gain access to more choice: they'll choose to unlock several other drawing tools and begin designing their sketchbook covers. Students will learn about portfolios (where they store their finished art projects) as well as another important addition to this year's program: share time. (Looking at art and talking about it is such an important process of observation, discussion, description and reflection!)

I can't wait to start filling the spotlight with little artists' work!
Even our trash can got an upgrade ;)