Sitting by Gate C2 of the O'Hare Airport, my head still swimming in a sea of NAEA16 session information, I decided to consolidate my thoughts. I was returning to NC with new concepts, but I wasn't returning to my former location. Instead, I would be starting at a new school; mid year.
Before I could apply any new ideas, I decided it would be best to understand in what circumstances they would be applied. I pulled the iPad out of my carry-on bag and finger tapped the following...
1. Go Big or Go Home:
Student developed solutions will be bigger, better, and more sophisticated then any HS work in existence. Students will not be allowed to settle for good but will strive for best. Art students will be encourage to explore traditional materials as professional artists do and to extend materials beyond traditional to any and all.
2. Post Classroomism:
Students will not view the art experience through the lens of a high school class but rather, the experience will transcend the classroom, ignoring traditional educational systems and transforming into a true art making experience.
3. Beyond the Blog: communication-
We will seek new ways to showcase work beyond the blog. Viral images and marketing will be encouraged. New technologies and concepts including social media, video, podcasts, and advertising will be incorporated.
4. Think Tank, Teams, Collaboration:
Collaboration inside and outside the classroom is a must. Think Tanks will be established. Collaborative spaces with methods for sharing ideas will be designed and implemented.
5. The Makerspace:
The art room will be converted to a laboratory that extends beyond traditional art making methods. These will include both advance technology solutions (iPads, 3D printers, etc) as well as analog building methods (sewing machine, saws, hammers, cement, etc.)
6. Research and Development:
The presentation of new ideas, art concepts and techniques can not be left to the teacher to apportion. A process will be designed that allows all students to find, share and present new ideas, artists, artworks, concepts and techniques. The system must allow for daily participation, easily and accessible distribution to all students seamlessly.
Outside of the classroom, virtual think tanks ( I.e Facebook groups, Twitter chats, etc.) between other schools and groups of student artists will be established.
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