Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Experimentation May Lead To New Discoveries

 I gave students time to simply experiment with various media and tools.  The goal was to see if through their experiments a new art technique might be discovered.  You can see in the video how wonderful this type of activity can be.  Was it messy? Yes.  Did it get too loud? Yes, but it was from enthusiasm, excitement and true engagement.  In the end, I'm so glad we did it.  It helped them see how so many things are connected, how creating art is a journey, and how mistakes are opportunities to find hidden answers.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Animals, Art and Artist Habits of Mind

In Kinder and First Grade

Practicing taking our time and looking closely we notice things that may otherwise be missed.  The first day children chose animal figurines to practice 2 drawing techniques, shape and outline.  The second day, we looked at our sketches and selected our favorite one.  Using the original sketch as a reference animals and settings were then painted on a much larger format. Check out the video below to see it all in action!