i’m doing a little observational drawing cross-training with my 3rd-6th grade students. it’s been incredibly successful so far- and one student confessed:

"when you talked about our memory of how things should look getting in the way of seeing, it felt like you were talking directly to ME! now i don’t feel like it’s just me that struggles with drawing things the way they look!"

these are some fun exercises, garnered and adapted from others, i hope you’ll try a few! 

I really like the authentic education inherent in this approach to art ed- though I worry about gaps in certain skills if center-based education is the only way students engage with art.

In my classroom we have ample time set aside for independent experimentation with a variety of media and techniques, but there is a definite structure with formal lessons for each grade level. If my class time was longer than 45 minutes I’d be way more open to having center-based art each class! 

Do you think pure choice-based art education can be effective? 

wonderful news!! 

hilarious! i love framing artists as heart throbs- but what of the ladies? i’m curious about who will be included in part 2…. who would be on your list of art history hotties? 

birthday!

it’s my 33rd birthday today!

the best gift was having my students truly understand and enjoy our first lessons. my second graders did some role-playing, pretending to be a paleolithic family and a neolithic family. each “family” then made giant cave painting murals to visually tell the story of their day, and at the end of class we were able to share our stories. they all agreed they’d rather be living in neolithic times, the new stone age is where it’s at!

we got so messy, and it was equal parts silly and informative. yussssss. 

(and my parents sent me flowers at work, all the way from philly to boston!)

this is a short and sweet, yet comprehensive video about optics and color. so great for color theory lessons! 

When my new students tell me that they like my art class

artteacherthinking:

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i got some really sweet comments from my new kindergarten students and totally felt like this. awesome.

(via tart-teachart)

rubyetc posted a drawn response to the #then and now prompt, and i thought i’d give it a go.
this was a fun reflection. something that stuck out: i definitely understand my body more and respect the food i’m able to eat now even if i’m heavier than the assumed cultural ideal. i used to basically live on jello and dry toast because it was the only thing i could digest. now i eat MOSTLY ALL THE FOODS and it’s amazing.
i really miss those astro-turf flipflops with fake fruit attached…

rubyetc posted a drawn response to the #then and now prompt, and i thought i’d give it a go.

this was a fun reflection. something that stuck out: i definitely understand my body more and respect the food i’m able to eat now even if i’m heavier than the assumed cultural ideal. i used to basically live on jello and dry toast because it was the only thing i could digest. now i eat MOSTLY ALL THE FOODS and it’s amazing.

i really miss those astro-turf flipflops with fake fruit attached…

here are just a few of the responses i received from my 3-5th grade students on their first day of art class. i was so impressed with what they chose to write- after a summer away from art class i assumed the answers would be much more concrete and less conceptual! happy dance!

littlearttalks:

Once upon a time, a pigment called Mummy Brown was in vogue. Was there really mummy in there? You bet there was

once again, a delightful, enlightening video from little art talks. she rules!

the paint was people! woah! 

"One of the amazing things about art is that it changes every day, and its meaning to you changes every day."

Jeff Koons (via whitneymuseum)

i see my first students of the school year tomorrow! woohoo! i’ll be meeting my fourth and fifth grade students and plan to keep things really light and discussion based. 
we will talk as a group about goals and hopes for the coming school year, and then work on the above icebreaker so i’ll have a bit of data from each student. 
i’m looking forward to combining all the responses from the art definition that includes everyone’s view point. the lesson suggestion section at the lower right will become a student-chosen art unit for each grade level! 
how do you structure your first art classes of the year? 

i see my first students of the school year tomorrow! woohoo! i’ll be meeting my fourth and fifth grade students and plan to keep things really light and discussion based. 

we will talk as a group about goals and hopes for the coming school year, and then work on the above icebreaker so i’ll have a bit of data from each student. 

i’m looking forward to combining all the responses from the art definition that includes everyone’s view point. the lesson suggestion section at the lower right will become a student-chosen art unit for each grade level! 

how do you structure your first art classes of the year? 

more pure gold from the art of ed. 

i know that all you art teachers don’t need something new to distract you at the beginning of the school year… but this app is so silly and wonderful! 

the french girls app prompts you to take a selfie, then gives you a selection of strangers’ selfies to choose from and you interpret their photo any way you like.

it’s a very casual art exchange and full of surprises, like commentary on the lifestyle of the subject, ridiculous comics, and some beautiful realistic renderings! 

for those teaching in high school or college, it might be a way to infuse a little creativity with selfie culture. 

designcloud:

Principles of Design Poster by Efil Türk.

The turkey based designer named Efil has crafted a beautiful series of poster showing the principles of design only using paper. Cutting pieces of paper, juxtaposing the pieces, pasting geometrical shapes and using simple typography is the formula of this beautiful series. She mention that you can actually buy them.

these are such well done art pieces on their own. funny, how art ed visuals are usually not that beautiful… i’d proudly hang these on my wall. 

(via slowartday)