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.
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.
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.
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Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) is a student-directed art education pedagogy that directs students to think and work as artists.
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