It's extremely difficult for me to wrap my brain around the fact that tomorrow is our last day of school...we have been on such a roll down in the Art Studio that it makes me sad to see it come to an end. I found a really great challenge for all my students (and parents too) for the summer and will be sending it home with students this week, but in case I miss someone or it gets lost in the massive amount of papers that will be crammed into those worn-out back packs, here is the link: https://www.theartofed.com/content/uploads/2017/05/SummerArtChallenge.pdf
The transformation is really starting to take roots...from those roots our RARTISTS are blooming! They are coming in with ideas that are theirs - NOT mine. They are engaging in a media center and working to make those ideas become reality. They are becoming better problem-solvers, more creative thinkers, and certainly along the way; better RARTISTS. Teaching for Artistic Behaviors focuses on the process over the product, and their projects absolutely demonstrates their developmental stages - what a thrill it is to witness authentic learning!!
This week, as we continued to explore the media centers, the students brought so much enthusiasm and excitement to our new Choice-Based classroom. The 4th and 5th Graders had a chance to delve deeper into perspective in the Drawing Center, while the K-3 students had an opportunity to look at paper sculpture options in the Sculpture Center. I have been really impressed by the amount of students who have engaged and persisted through the Weaving/Fiber Center making pillows, stuffed creatures and bracelets. Next week we'll start focusing on WOW Projects as we push into ending the school year with a BANG!
Week 1 in TAB!...and what a week it was! Four studio centers are currently open for business: Fiber/Weaving, Collage, Drawing and Sculpture. This week I saw everything; helmets, rocket ships, bracelets, dinosaurs, cartoons and so much more! We are still functioning in the Explore/Practice stage as we become familiar with what each studio center has to offer, but I'm anxious to move into those "WOW" pieces that I know are coming.