Text as an Element
The Intermediate class was challenged with the task of creating a work of art that incorporated text in some way. Here's a look at the unit, followed by a few of the works created for this unit.
The Nine: Landscape
Our Beginner Art students were challenged with creating a work of art based on the Nine subject-based theme, Landscape. Below is the unit overview followed by examples of student work.
Here at The Art of South Brunswick High School, NC, we incorporate the Teaching for Artistic Behavior or TAB philosophy in our classroom. TAB states that the student is the artist and the art room is their studio.
We believe students should be involved in the entire artistic process including designing, creating, and reflecting on their work.
It is our job as teachers to present ideas and concepts, demonstrate techniques and materials, and encourage and support our students to create and produce works of art at the highest level.
How can an artist create a portrait without representing what the person looks like? That is the objective of this lesson. Create a self portrait without actually drawing or painting a self portrait.
The idea originated from a work of art created by Felix Gonzalez-Torres titled Portrait of Ross. The artwork is a giant pile of candy. The pile of candy weighs the same weight that Felix’s friend Ross had before he got sick. When you visit the artwork, you are allowed to take a piece of candy with you when you leave. Each time you take a piece away, the pile of candy weighs less and less. Unfortunately, this is what happened to Ross. When he got sick, he lost weight and eventually passed away. So the pile of candy represents and is a tribute to Ross, without it actually portraying his likeness.
I follow several art teacher Facebook groups. Whenever I share that fact with my non art teacher friends, they give me a look like, “Wow, you’re quiet the geek.” I guess to most, that would seem true. However, to the art teacher, it might seem very ordinary. Art teachers utilize Facebook groups, as well as Twitter, to share ideas, seek answers to art teacher questions, and find solutions to art teacher issues. When I put it like that, it still sounds pretty geeky, but these groups can actually be rather helpful.
Whenever someone asks an art ed question, especially if it relates to choice-based or Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB), I do my best to respond. I have no problem sharing resources. Much of the content I share is available on this website. I’ve also placed most everything I’ve learned in between the pages of The Open Art Room and Making Artists, not to mention a few years’ worth of articles for SchoolArts Magazine and The Art of Education.
All of these resources combined form a good deal of content. However, there was one issue. All of this content was floating around in different spaces. I wanted to find a way to consolidate this content into one location. That’s when the idea for the Make Artists podcast was conceived.
Make Artist is a weekly podcast where we will discuss all things choice-based. In fact, that’s how we describe the show. Make Artists, with your host Ian Sands, is the choice-based, student-directed, Teaching for Artistic Behavior high school art teacher and stuff and things... but mostly stuff.
So please consider following along. Each episode is available for download at anchor.fm/makeartists or you can find us on Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, or Spotify.
It's a new year, a new semester, and a new unit. In fact, it's our first unit of the new year of the new semester. To go along with that, we are starting out 100% virtual. That means, everyone is home and they have to start the year creating art with whatever materials they can get their hands on. That's ok. It's sort of how TAB works. So, to start the year, we are beginning with a very open project. We titled out first unit, Getting Started.
The objective of the Getting Started unit is two fold. First, to make sure students have a home studio space in which to work. This can be on the kitchen table, a desk in their room, or the garage. It's up to them where but hopefully a place where they won't be distracted and don't need to worry if they make a little mess in the process.
The second objective is to find materials they can work with. These materials can be things they already have at homes like paper, crayons, pend and pencils. Or, if they want, they can purchase materials at the local Walmart or Dollar Tree. Or, they can use found objects like sticks from the yard, nuts and bolts from the garage, or food coloring from the kitchen. Whatever works for the student, works for the unit.
So that leave the subject, what can they create? Well, we left that up to them. Anything they find interesting. Any skill or technique they want to uses. As long as they meet the first two objectives, the rest is up to them. So this post is a look at some of the artwork we received.
After viewing work by our senior students, a 10th grader was lamenting over the quality of her work. "I wish my work was that good," she said. Clearly, there are two things she doesn't understand. First, her work is good. In fact it is very good, especially for a 10th grader.
Why the disclaimer? Why say, "for a 10th grader?" That brings me to my second point. Between 10th and 12th grade, a phenomenal amount of growth can occur. This is hard for the 10th grader to understand but think of it this way.
Two years ago, a 10th grader was in middle school and since then, they have grown. Most likely they are taller, they wear different size shoes, and their hair has been cut, or at least trimmed, several times. In two more years, more growth will occur and they will look nothing like they did when they were in middle school.
In the same way, their artistic growth can progress. The more art they make, the more they experiment, the more they reflect and revise, the more they will grow.
To prove this, I dug up some works of art from when the seniors, whose work the 10th grader so admires, were in 10th grade. I've posted these works side by side next to their art as 12th graders.
This week's post is just about stuff and things but mostly stuff that is happening in the art room. Some of it is taking place right here in class while other stuff and things is happening at home. But its all the art room as far as we are concerned.
Above, an AP art project, transposing traditional landscapes through non traditional methods.
A showcase of some of the art we received this week from our virtual students. They aren't physically in the art room but are stepping up to the challenge, scheduling their time, finding their materials and creating art.
Above: Inspired by the Space Around You this student created a painting of Southport.
Inspired by Objects, this student created a basket out of toothpicks
Inspired by Artwork, this student recreated Girl With A Pearl Earring.
Inspired by the Space Around You, this student created a digital painting of Oak Island.
What's that mean, hybriding it? Well, that's how students are taking art... through the hybrid model. What's that you ask? Let me explain.
Approximately one third of the student body comes to school on Monday and Tuesday. Then they work virutal the rest of the week. On Thursday and Friday, another one third of the students come to school. They work virtual the other days. Then, there is one third of the students who don't come to school at all. They are 100% virtual. Sound confusing? It's not too bad. If you want confusing, let me tell you about the attendance policy, lol.
To be honest, it hasn't been easy for students or teachers, but we are making it work. And making art! And that is what this post is about. To showcase some of the fantastic art that the students are making at school and at home, whether they are in group A, group B, or 100% virtual.
The two pieces above were both from the same unit titled, Artist are Inspired by Art. The objective of the unit was to find an artwork that inspires you to create art and then create your own unique piece.
The three works above were all created for the same unit theme titled, Relationships. This unit task the student with creating a work of art based on a relationship. As you can see there were many different takes on this theme.
These two works above are both explorations completed by our AP students. In the first work, the student was experimenting with creating art on bread. The second work was an exploration of Photoshop, the app she will be using to create the art for her portfolio.
With so many students working in so many ways, in such different conditions, with such different materials and resources, its encouraging to see so much individualized, successful works of art.
For the first 4.5 weeks of school, the Art of South B has gone virtual. All classes are being taught online through Google classrooms. After this period of time, we will return to school with a hybrid schedule. One group of students will come on Monday and Tuesday, a second group will come in on Thursday and Friday. Everyone will be virtual on Wednesday. There is also a third group of students who have chosen to stay virtual the entire semester. It's going to be interesting to say the least but we are making it work. Here's how...
On Mondays, we introduce a new unit. We use a flipped model, presenting the information through prerecorded videos. The students watch the video and then follow that up by filling out a Google form. Each form reviews the information from the unit video but also asks the students the consider the 'what and how' of a project they will design and create in response to the unit topic.
Tuesdays, and also Thursday, are designed as studio days. Students are given this time to move through the artistic process. Students should have already designated a space in their home for their home studio. They also had to decide what materials would be available for them to use. They had the opportunity to purchase materials, use materials they already have around the home, or be creative with non traditional materials.
Wednesdays are reserved for learning about interesting artists. Similar to the Monday unit, the Artist of the Week is presented through a prerecorded video. Similarly, there is also a Google form to complete to demonstrate the students understanding. Each Artist of the Week is selected to coincide with the Monday unit information. It all fits together quite nicely.
On Fridays, the students are asked to present their work. Each student was provided a template Digital Portfolio created in Google Slides. Students update three slides each week. The first contains the unit title, the second is where they insert a photo of their work, and the third is where they describe their artwork through answering an essential question. At the end of the semester, the students will have an entire portfolio of all the assignments and work they created for the class.
During the week, each class is designated a meeting time for "live" class. During this scheduled time, the teachers are available to meet with the students, through google Meet, to answering question and concerns, or simply discussing the progress of the student's projects.
This entire process came with a ginormous learning curve for teachers, students and parents. To coin the expression, it was a lot like building the plane while we were flying. Despite all of that, the students are stepping up to the plate and creating some great works of art.
Every year, the Franklin Square Gallery has an art exhibit dedicated to high school students. Unfortunately this year, they were not able to have that exhibit but they still wanted to do something for the students. They decided to ask the county art teachers to submit student artwork. They then selected 15 pieces to be printed on large panels and displayed outside the building.
Of the 15 pieces selected, 8 pieces are the works of SBHS students.
Selected Artwork by...
If you are in Downtown Southport, please stop by the Franklin Square Gallery and have a look.
Art of South B
Artwork by students at
Art of South B
The Visual Arts Dept. at SBHS is like no other program in the state. Learn more, watch the Intro to South B video.
Listen to the
Make Artists Podcast
with your host Ian Sands the choice based, student directed, Teaching for Artist Behavior, high school art teacher and stuff and things... but mostly stuff.
Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) is a student-directed art education pedagogy that directs students to think and work as artists.
Making Artists picks up where The Open Art Room left off, covering issues and situations choice teachers encounter as they design their program.
The Open Art Room provides a student-centered approach to art instruction that is inspirational, practical, and classroom-tested.
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Click Here to Read the February SchoolArts Article, Build A Dynamic Art Program with Modular Teaching!
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