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.
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
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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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