A tradition of illustrating the memories of Grand Oaks residents by our fifth grade takes place each year. The tradition entails three visits by our students to interview the senior citizens. Sounds beautiful and easy, but sometimes there is a need to reschedule or student may have to sacrifice an idea. This experience overall holds great meaning for the student and the senior. In visiting one day, I was able to witness the great calm as a student heard some challenges experienced in one’s life and the pride of knowing exactly how to find the senior and share the special collection of ballerina slippers. Our students became great listeners, illustrators and caring individuals. Their skill in teamwork and creating art with meaning is outstanding!
DC3 Collaborative is a group of 10 schools in our district that gather multiple times a year. When we gather we observe and share, then we go right back to our classrooms to incorporate best practices. The art teachers in our collaborative also have time to share approaches and we do that best by doing! I hosted the art teachers one of the professional development days by setting up a printmaking workshop.
Hello artsaysthat subscribers,
These are the 10 contemporary artists from the Corcoran Gallery of Art collection that I chose to practice in my elementary classroom studio below. The awareness of these artists and the new art experiences were influenced by Olivia Gude’s Principles of Possibility and the use of thinking strategy: See, Think, Wonder. Each art experience was practiced with my K-5 students in the spring of 2013.
Contemporary art awareness was cultivated by two questions: Where do the ideas for these artworks come from? What materials would best represent the idea? Be the end of the school year, my students responded to contemporary art with understanding, excitement and creativity. In myself, a transformation in my methods and ability to facilitate conversation and not feel the need to fill up with my knowledge as I did in the past was starting to emerge and feel fantastic. This experience of literally dropping everything to just try something new with every grade level through these artists has allowed me to never look back to my old ways and guide my students through their innate abilities. Click on an artist below to see the PDF art exploration. I’ll continue to use these contemporary art explorations as a foundation and always to spark something new.