Friday, December 30, 2022

Welcome to the Art Room at the Chilmark School!


"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." Albert Einstein

First Day of School! 
This blog is a place where those outside our magical, inspirational art walls, can get a glimpse of what happens in here! 
Classroom philosophy and classroom routines next up...

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Teaching Philosophy

                        teaching for artistic behavior

I teach a choice based art curriculum based on the research and philosophies of a great many amazing researchers and educators.
The basic structure is that at the beginning of the year there is an introduction of techniques, materials and routines.
As the year progresses the students are given more and more freedom until eventually the art room becomes a studio, and the teacher just the manager.
Students come in, do their beginning of class routine, (see next post) and then get right to work on projects of their choosing.
By this time they know where all the materials are, and how to take care of them They have journals where they record what they do, how it went, and assess themselves weekly (see grading post).

I believe in the power of choice for many reasons. Not all of my students will pursue an art career as adults but ALL of my students will need to make choices for themselves and solve problems large and small on a daily basis.
The purpose of the art room in a 21st century school is to stretch and explore students' ability to think, fail, persevere, self assess, self motivate and work cooperatively.
Resources about choice based art education:

Project Zero:
The Art of Ed:

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Critique Day

Once in awhile we do a quick crit.... students share current projects and get comments and suggestions.

Students who aren't sure what to do can ask for suggestions and inspiration!
The 2/3 is hard at work as we move into March!

Zeke shares his current project

Pablo sewing finger jeans

Putting the finishing touches on a research station

The girls are re-creating the setting of a Greek myth

This is what Choice looks like....

It has been a LONG while since I posted here.
But art is happening! Lots of it!

Here is the 4/5 mid "choice" class, getting to experiment, collaborate and revise.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

National Poetry Month and Whales

April is one of my favorite months, because it is National Poetry Month
I have had students experiment with writing 6 words stories or poems this year. This most famous 6 word story rumored to have been written by Ernest Hemingway reads: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn."

Since the 2/3 is currently studying whales, they wrote a 6 words story about whales and illustrated it!

The K/1 designed their own scrimshaw and carved it out of Ivory (soap, that is)

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Drawing Techniques!

It's been a long time since there has been an Art Room Update...
For the past few weeks we have been learning drawing techniques such as shading, crosshatching and perspective!

It's almost like magic to turn a two dimensional shape into 3D  with just a pencil!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Beginning of a new year!!

It is the beginning of a new year!
The Art Room has changed a lot over the summer, more tables for more students, new stations and even MORE materials to facilitate independent art making!

I will be participating in a webinar led by one of my professors from grad school tomorrow night, Lois Hetland, on Teaching for Artistic Behavior or TAB.

More info in the links below:

And now... pictures of our lovely studio!

The graveyard has relocated                                 A new board to showcase photographers!

New desk & library                                                          The idea box has become a fancy pot

What to do when you don't know what to do.....             activities, games and techniques tutorials

New fiber arts station!                                                       The Basics

The Ultimate Question