Perhaps one of the biggest issues art teachers have a hard time wrapping their brains around is how, or if, TAB teachers teach technique. This is understandable since it isn't quite as linear as the traditional "teach a technique, produce a product that demonstrates that technique" model. In fact, teaching technique in the Open Art Room is often as divergent as the students and their projects.
We have already discussed two methods for teaching techniques in part four of this series. These include demos/mini lessons, demonstrated when one of the Nine are introduced, and the mini lesson's big brother, the Bootcamp. But what happens once all of The Nine topics have been presented? How will we continue to introduce ideas, concepts, artists and technique? Enter Technique Tuesday.
What's Tech Tuesday?
Every Tuesday (and again on Thursday), we will kick off class with a short presentation with the objective of introducing a new technique, technology, artist or concept. The presentations will adhere to, and rotate through, one of the four following themes: traditional techniques, digital techniques, hands on projects, and Artistic Behavior assignments.
The overall objective is to continually inspire students with new approaches to media and different ways of thinking. Each presentation will end with either a hands on demo or leave them with an optional assignment. In the same fashion as the TAB five minute demo, after the presentation the student has the choice to further explore the new information or work on their own student directed project.
Examples of the Four Topics
As previously mentioned, we will rotate through one of four topics each Tuesday and Thursday. Here are examples of the type of presentation that one could expect from each topic.
Traditional Techniques: The focus here is on traditional media and techniques. Students can expect lessons about drawing, shading and value, advanced watercolor or introduction to oil painting.
Digital Techniques: Here we will take a look at digital skills such a photo manipulation using Pixlr or 3D printing in Tinkercad. We will also explore other types of digital concept such as light drawing and forced perspective
Hands on Projects: As the name states, these demos will include hands on projects such as teddy bear printing, creating drawbots, flipping pancake art, or tie dying shirts.
Artistic Behaviors: These presentations will include big ideas such as Artists Steal, or Artists Impact Their Community. We will also introduce ideas from the Art Assignment as well as Work of Art. Students may use these advanced concepts to generate ideas for their own projects.
(((Mr. Payne sat across the desk as I signed off on my evaluation. It wasn't a bad evaluation but I personally wasn't happy with my first year teaching at South B. While some of the lessons and ideas I migrated from Apex HS worked, many did not. As I lamented over this, he gave me some great advice.)))
"It's going to take three years to get your program up and running," he said.
2018, the halfway point. Let's see where this goes...
This is part five of a five part series. Each part was posted to present the information in the most logical way. However, the series in not presented in the sequence used in class. To understand the sequence this series would be presented as such:
Part Four: Introducing Media
Part Three Subject Based Choice
Part Five: Teaching Technique
Part Two: Reflection
Part One: Grading
The Open Art Room provides a student-centered approach to art instruction that is inspirational, practical, and classroom-tested.
Art of South B
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