Friday, August 28, 2015

How do artists work?

Our Essential Question this week is "How do Artists Work?" First we brainstormed about what students already knew about how artists use the Four Artistic Processes:

Creating- Artists create original work.

Presenting- Artists share their work with others.

Responding- Artists look at the art of others to learn more about art. We often find inspiration that way.

Connecting- This is putting it all together -- the art we see, the personal connections we make with it, and the context in which that art was made.

Here is a Powerpoint we used that shows examples and the types of things we discussed.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Altered Books

What tools do artists use to make creative work? Many artists use artistic journals to sketch, reflect, plan, experiment and explore. Art 1 students started one today, in the format of an altered book.

To make an altered book, you start with a discarded book -- in this case donated by the Mansfield University library. The book is then "upcycled" into a work if art, full of the artists response to creative prompts and original ideas.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What's Essential about the Essential Question?

On the first day of class, students made quick sketches while taking notes of key concepts. Every unit is lesson is organized around an Essential Question (EQ). How did students make visual representations of that? Here are a few of the quick sketches students made to creatively illustrate a question that is "absolutely necessary; extremely important."

 Being able to answer the EQ is like...

...the light bulb coming on.
 ...having a way to organize what you're learning.
 ...a way to remember what is most important about a lesson.
 ...the nuts and bolts that keep a wheel on.
...a way to organize the individual facts and details of a lesson.
 ...a way to focus on the learning and not the distractions (like Slender Man).
 ...knowing the combination that opens a lock.
 ...the bait, without which you couldn't catch fish.