The school year in the RART Studio has begun brilliantly! We began with Creativity Challenges just to get those creative, collaboration, problem-solving juices flowing. Next the Drawing Studio opened with new materials and tools for the artists to explore. The following week, the Collage Studio was open for business and this week it's our Builders Studio! So much important information and demonstrations to get done, but the result is some amazingly authentic artwork. 3 Studios to go - our goal is to have all 6 Studios open and rockin' by the first week of October.
Be sure to ask your own little artist what they are creating in the Studio - those conversations further validate the great things that are happening in here.
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.