In my class we are currently working on the process of printmaking. Students are exploring Relief, Planographic and Collagraphic printmaking techniques. Students will use these techniques along with the incorporation of Art Elements and Principles of Design in order to create a final piece of artwork.
In an effort to make my lessons more authentic in the area of Discipline and to better engage students in core practices, I will explore re-purposing my opening and closing ceremonies. This feels relevant because sometimes my opening and closing ceremonies are not art related at all and it can feel like a disconnect. How can I support my students knowledge of the arts through opening and closing ceremonies?
I anticipate making every opening and closing ceremony related to arts and or the techniques/styles that we focus on, to be challenging. It will be difficult because that is a lot to think about but with time and space I now I can do it and make it fun. For example I thought about having students play charades with art elements and principles of design.
Adrienne: I am in awe that you take on both opening and closing ceremonies each day! What a rock star you are! I am curious about how the many different types of learners, not too mention personalities, engage in these activities. Keep us posted!
I love the use of opening and closing ceremonies to create a community of students exploring art concepts and creating art together. Especially in the creative fields, building trust and openness to innovation and new ideas is key to making students feel supported by both their teacher and other students in the class. The restorative circle, in addition to building community, can be used to give critical feedback, brainstorm ideas, and also celebrate their achievements. I can’t wait to read about how you will use the circle to further art education in your class.