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.
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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