An art teacher asked the question, "What are Some Art Skills you wish your students had, coming in to high school?"
Send me students who understand the art room is a laboratory that has every tool they could ever need to build anything they can imagine. All they need to do is Bring an Idea and we can help them with the tools, techniques or materials to bring their idea to fruition.
A student in our beginner art class noticed that the back of her pen and ink drawing was picking up color off a page behind it. She decided to experiment with her discovery by creating colored sheets, placing blank paper on top and drawing with ink on top of that.
As art teachers, we can and should teach art skills but we also need to leave room for students to create their own techniques.
Above: The first image is the pen drawing. The second image shows the colored page. The third image is the result of the transfer.
Our Open Art Room is student directed. That means, students decide which direction they want to take the art they are creating. Many students come to class with ideas and are ready to jump in. However, some students are looking for new ideas, new opportunities, new techniques that they might not have known or thought about.
That's where The Tables come in.
For this week's Table, we explored plaster of paris. We mixed and poured plaster into boxes then waited for it to dry over night. The next day, we began the process of carving wit ha variety of different tools. There is a learning curve involved when try to carve a square into a 3D object. We had a few fails, but also a few successes.
Meanwhile back in the beginning class, we open an ugly doll Table. Other students were exploring non-representational art, while others took a look at juxtaposition. In the second image above, the student is working on a combination of the two concepts working with both non representational images and images that demonstrate juxtaposition.
Maybe Not Every Tool...
Even though our art room is fairly well stocked with supplies, it's not uncommon for student's to bring their own art supplies to class. Usually they bring their own set of prisma colors or copic markers but some have even better toys. When I said the art room was a factory that had every tool I was lying. We don't have some of the advanced technology so we have no problem with students BYOD.
In an open art room there need not be a separation between traditional and digital art. Rather, there can be a seamless merge between the two.
For example, the image of the sunflowers at the top of the page started with the student designing the sun flower stencil in Photoshop. It was then created with a non digital can of spray paint.
The crow image above started as a traditional acrylic painting. Then the student imported the image into Photoshop to see how her work would be affected by the application of different modes and filters.
Bring an Idea and we can help with the tools, techniques or materials to Bring Your Idea to Fruition.
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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.
Making Artists picks up where The Open Art Room left off, covering issues and situations choice teachers encounter as they design their program.
The Open Art Room provides a student-centered approach to art instruction that is inspirational, practical, and classroom-tested.
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