Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Last Class!

On Saturday, students continued to work in the woodshop on their wearable art pieces. We devoted the entire class to work time so that students could finish their wearable art and any other project that were not yet completed. During this work time, Adam and I consulted each student about their plans for display and installation of the show. We discussed which pieces they would like to show in the exhibition and how they would like their pieces to be displayed. We even plan to have some of the student come in and help with the installation. Overall, this was a great class day. Students really seemed to enjoy this project as a way of expressing the role of "self" in their identities. This semester, we had a great time working together in an environment that encouraged discussion, personal voice, and creativity to explore who we are. We enjoyed working with the high schoolers, and we look forward to installing our show in a couple weeks!

Grace continues adds some finishing touches to her vest

Monday, November 15, 2010

[Final Documentation]

This week the BiFocal Detective Agency had much to accomplish in very little time. With almost-there projects building up throughout the semester, every project had to be addressed in this one lesson. I hate to say it, but the students could sense the stress on both Natalia and me this week. As a teacher, how do you help your students to accomplish a great amount of work without stressing them out and taking all the fun out of it? I do think many of the detectives enjoyed crossing items off their lists and seeing some of their projects come together after weeks of work, but there are a lot of loose ends that still need to be tied up at back at the Agency. 

Space Communities

We can’t believe the last Saturday has flown by so quickly. This week we planned to wrap up our space unit with communities. Throughout our unit we focused on different aspects of a space such as the inhabitants, planets (homes) , transportation, and so much more. However, this week we wanted to tie our projects together by creating a collaborative space community diorama for the students. This lesson went very well and the students enjoyed roaming around the class room in a carefree atmosphere. Students were able to visit four different stations that would make up the diorama. There were three areas where students could paint the sky, and one station where students were able to create the ground or Terran that would house their community. Students liked working in all of the stations however; I do not think they understand what they were really making, but it will be apparent at the exhibition once it is constructed. Throughout the past 8 weeks our students have made so many projects however, not being able to take these projects home is a little upsetting for some students. As I was working with one student she asked if she could take her project home so she could show her family. I of course said that we plan to show their hard work in the final exhibition, but she didn’t understand and began to pout. This of course made me upset, but we are all looking forward to putting our final exhibition together because students will not only be able to take their work home, but they will see how beautiful their work will look hanging in the Zollar gallery! Altogether this has been an amazing learning experience and we are excited to see our students faces light up when they see their work in the exhibition.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Reflecting on How Relationships Grow

For our final class we took the time to reflect with the kids how our unit on relationships grew. We did so by having a discussion with the kids on how we moved from lesson to lesson and what we learned. It was great to hear the kids responding to questions with ease for the most part. It seemed as though the kids really understood the concepts that we had been trying to get across to them. To continue our reflection, the kids rotated through three tables where they did collaborative drawings. Each table/ collaborative drawing was designated to a specific type of relationship we had covered – Relationships with Others, Relationships with Ourselves, and Relationships with the Environment. It was great to see the kids interacting with one another and clearly demonstrating what they had learned through drawing.

I couldn't help but to think back to the first day of Saturday School when the students were more timid and unsure about one another. You would of never thought that they were that way from the way they were interacting and sharing their drawings today. I also thought about how student-teacher and teacher-teacher relationships have grown. We as teachers have grown to know the personalities of the students and the students themselves very well. We learned how to dodge meltdowns and how to prepare the lessons and class for the students needs to be reached. For the teacher-teacher relationships, I personally think that we became a strong and effective unit that helped each other become more successful as teachers. We were able to communicate effectively to one another and work through problems as well as share successes.

A trip to the Palmer was made for the second half of class. We split into three groups and went on a scavenger hunt to find art pieces that dealt with our lessons. The kids had fun meandering through the museum and searching for the art. I found it surprising how most of the kids were telling me about the art pieces for some of them already knew the background stories. They were eager to tell me what they knew and point things out in many of the paintings. Seeing the art put things into perspective for the kids. They found it amazing how the Calder mobile was moving and the themes of relationships can pop out in art.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Do The Robot!

This past Saturday, the preschoolers worked on outer space robots. First, we built robots out of spray painted cans and cardboard boxes and random objects (door stoppers, outlet covers, etc.) Students seemed to be engaged in the project, but the choice of glue we gave them at their table was a roadblock, not a stepping stone. Students had the option of using tacky glue at their tables, and then if objects were too heavy, we offered three hot glue stations around the room. Because the three of us teachers were gluing a lot, it left little time for documentation and assistance to the kids. The robots turned out great though and everything is sticking tightly!

The preschoolers utilized the centers to experiment with robotic forms and narratives. The next project the kids took part in was a collaborative collage piece. After students found a partner, they worked together to collage robots out of pre-cut paper and paint markers on black posterboard. (Below is an example of the collage.)

Overall, the day's activities went well. We realized that we need to combine more of the centers' "play" with the activity "play." Students should always have the opportunity to build narratives in their work and we should give them the outlet to do so.

For our last Saturday school lesson, we are focusing on "community" in outer space. The centers will also be used for students to play with their artworks that they have made in the past seven weeks.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Personal Wearable

This Saturday, we introduced our last project: the personal wearable. In this project, students were to use all of the knowledge they accumulated in their performances, appropriation pieces, and personal utensils, to create their final personal wearable. Throughout the semester we focussed on different aspects of our identities, asking ourselves the questions: who are we as humans, as a community, and as an individual.

For this final project, students were to create a piece of artwork that served as an extension of themselves. How could students address the notion of identity via a continuation of the body? We introduced this project with a prompt: What is one thing that your friends do not know about you? After students answered this question, the class headed down to the wood shop to create a piece of wearable art that somehow addressed this question. Students were given the majority of the class for work time. Students will also have next week to work. Here are some images of our wood shop extravaganza...

Gracie sews a "life" vest.

Julia and Riley work collaboratively to build a wearable instrument

Claire creates a head piece

Sunday, November 7, 2010


This week we talked about Dave DeVries and his book/website The Monster Engine. Our students created monstrous paintings based on the DeVries' idea. The students all worked really well and for once all of the students that were in class got a chance to complete the project given. While the students worked Steph and I walked around and talked with each of the students about their work. I had a spectacular conversation with one student who told me so much detail about his monster. It's broken up into 2 different videos because I after talking with him the first time I felt I needed to go back and get the rest of the story.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

How to do effective demonstrations?

How to do effective demonstrations? Did you do enough? Did you do too much? Did you invite your students to involve in the demonstration? What do you wish you said or did more/less? Could you share some of your experiences with us please?

Shadow Puppets Part 2

This past Saturday, we began to work on the characters for our shadow puppets. We are using two different process in making our puppets. The first being a basic black silouhette. This process is great for doing scenery because it is able to be block out. There are a few students using this type of puppet making to create dark or evil characters. The second method we are using is with acetate. The students are able to add much more detail as well as color to their characters. Using acetate enables the students to recreate their original characters from their books exactly how it is seen on the pages. This method is cool because you are able to make moving joints by inserting a brand on the part you would like to move. Next week we pan to finish the scenery and props and possibly do a dry run. We did not encounter to many problems with the students grasping this activity. The main problems came with keeping a few students on task with what the rest of the class was doing.

Monday, November 1, 2010

[Who Did it]

       This week our detectives continued their work as profilers, and deepened their understandings of their [monsters]. Documentation of their investigation this week was in the form of miniature books. Class started with a [board meeting] in which each detective shared their individual cases and evidence collected this far, as well as how they believe it all comes together. The skills of their fellow detectives proved to be a big help when considering the possibilities of their collected [evidence]. After their board meeting the detectives were ready to start their miniature books, and began answering the questions on their handouts [-->>] with enthusiasm to explain who [The Monster that_______] really is. The miniature books acted as more of a work space for the detectives rather than 'final products' while still allowing the detectives to feel very accomplished at the end of the class. These miniature books also served as a brainstorming activity for their large scale [profiles] they will be creating for their large book collaborative project next week.

Utensil Day

WARNING: (If you are reading this now, please bare with me, my computer will not allow me to upload photos so I will do this before class on campus tomorrow morning. My apologies)

This Saturday, we worked for the first hour to finish our Appropriation Art Projects. Although not everybody fully completed their projects, we had a critique after the first hour. Each student had a chance to explain their pieces, its relationship to their community, and where they plan to display their work. Overall, I felt the critique was successful because everybody was willing to share and communicate in discussion.

For the second half of class, we introduced an introductory exercise called "The Utensil Project." Each student was to choose their favorite foods. After they decided their favorite foods, they were to create their own "personal utensils" to eat these foods. We explained that the utensil was to be an extension of themselves. How could they best eat this food? How could we see their personalities through this utensil? We took the students down to the wood shop and allotted 15 minutes for students to complete their utensils. This required that students to create their pieces as fast as possible. In the end, we resulted in some very interesting utensils: a crepe squeezer, rice slide, pizza holder, latkah shovel, and bagel necklace. Students seemed to really respond to this exercise, and I think this was because it gave them a chance to use humor and invention, and it allowed students to see quick easy results without too much time invested.

Next week, we plan to introduce our last project: the wearable. Each student is to create an extension of themselves via a wearable object. Throughout the semester we've been dealing with the big idea of "identity." Who are we as humans, a community, and an individual? So far, we have tackled the human and community. Next week will be our last stop: the individual. This week's utensil exersize served as an introductory exercise to this idea of the individual, and how we can create an object that describes us as a person.


Clay can be a wonderful,and forgiving medium for discovery. Last week Abby and I saw the initial structural challenges that students faced with clay building techniques and wanted to help them problem solve and accomplish their goals more this week. We tried to bring them all together again by providing a more collaborative demo. This was to get some students caught up with the help of those who were mastering clay. We saw growth and improvement along with complete disinterest. Ginger went from making a tiny solid form to a hallow fox with a realistic face. While Emerson danced and drew in the corner out of complete boredom. He made a cougar without a head. Also, there wasn't time for alterations or texture. Abby and I were too busy running around trying to help students patch holes and attach heads. I think this was a case where a base assessment would have helped us establish more appropriate goals. However, I feel like the high bar and hands on attention helped students learn a lot. Overall the theme of transformation didn't lie in the conceptual aspects but in the manipulation of the material. This is evident to us and some of the students, but not to others. Abby and I want to use the next to weeks to pull together all of the aspects of transformation and alteration and get everyone on the same page. What could be a lesson that makes multiple connections with self-transformation, animal transformation, and humans transforming the environment? What is the best way to start concluding Saturday School?

Patterning with Nature

This week's class transitioned to our last section in Relationships. For this week and next week, I am focusing on our relationships with the natural environment. In order to transition from the previous week's lesson (The Five Senses) to our first lesson dealing with the environment, I decided to work with clay, so that we could address things like sense of touch while introducing students to the environment.

I began the lesson with a discussion on patterns. After talking with the students in previous classes, I found out that many of the students have already talked about patterns in school. I used this to create a discussion with the students during our first talk of the lesson. During the discussion, the students were able to articulate what they thought a pattern was, as well as point out patterns in the classroom and also patterns in nature they were able to see from the windows. I tried to make the "lecture" part of this lesson a little more fun by turning things into games for the students. When I asked them what patterns they could see from the windows, they quickly got up and ran over to look out of them and shouted out what patterns they saw. Afterwards, to get them back to the carpet and back to paying attention to what I was saying, I made another game, where I would show the students close up images of patterns found in nature and the students were encouraged to yell out what they thought the close up image was. I was surprised that although this lecture/discussion was the longest one we have had yet (about 20 minutes) the students were attentive the entire time (for the most part.) I ended the discussion by explaining to students what we were doing for our art project of the day.

Our Patterning with Nature project consisted of students carving and imprinting patterns into 5" x 5" clay earthenware tiles. To do this, we split the class up into three groups, and each instructor took a group for a short walk outside to collect items from the environment to use to create their patterns in the clay tiles. Students collected things like leaves, pine cones, pebbles, berries, twigs, and other like items. After returning from our walk we had another discussion, this time on clay. It was interesting to hear how students thought clay was created and how people made pottery thousands of years ago before modern technology. Most of the students were right on with their answers. I wanted to tie in elements from art history, so one of the main things we talked about and looked at in this discussion was Jomon Pottery. The students seemed very interested in the images that I presented them with and had much to talk about with them, whether it was about how people made them, how they survived thousands of years to reside in museums today, and the patterns that they saw within the vessels.

Before the students began working on creating their patterns on the tiles, I did a quick demo of how they could go about using some of the items they collected. During this demo I covered a few vocabulary words that were written on the board. I went over what a pattern was again and also included words like texture and layering. After the demo, students went to their seats and began on their tiles. I thought it was fun that after teaching the students what the vocabulary words meant, I heard them using them when explaining their work to me. As students were beginning to finish up work on their tiles, I did another demo of how to apply white slip to their tile and sponge off the outer layer, resulting in a strong contrast between the red clay and what would be the white lines of their carvings.
As usual, some students finished up early, and we had a clay station set up as another option from their usual go to, which is sketchbooks. I was surprised how many students chose to continue working and experimenting with clay over returning to work in their sketchbooks. I even heard a few of them ask their parents if they could take pottery classes because they loved working with clay so much. A few of the students made things they really enjoyed, so I told them if they put their initials on their pieces, we would fire them, too so they could take them home. Another fun thing about the popularity of the station was that I was able to have another informal lesson at the station where I taught the students how to make pinch pots. Rouwa, Nicole and Casey all made pinch pots, and although they found it to be difficult at first, they were able to persevere and make tiny little pinch pots that they loved.

Everything in class seemed to go fairly smoothly and the students seemed to have a lot of fun with the project. Even Evan, our troublemaker, got into the project and kept himself occupied instead of wandering off and causing disruptions.
One of the things I am struggling with though, is special treatment of students. As I was reviewing the video of my discussions, I noticed that I was giving Christina some kind of special attention. During the discussions, I noticed that although Christina has no problem talking about her work to her instructors, when she is placed in a discussion group she becomes really shy and kind of fall to the back of the group. I tried to provide her some scaffolding so she could answer some of the questions I addressed the class with, but I'm not sure if that is a good thing. The students already notice the special attention that Christina gets regarding her sketchbook, even often time asking myself, Allison, or Betsy why Christina gets to do certain things when they cannot. I don't know if giving Christina this attention during discussion is helping that situation at all.

Galactic Homes

This saturday was a great experience! We were scrambling at the last minuet to make sure our projects ran smoothly, but that extra effort really made a difference in how the children worked with their materials. The kids loved every minuet of it. This week the students worked collaboratively to create their own galactic city! Students grouped up in pairs and drew on canvas their own alien city. We were surprised to see that most of them stayed on ask and really thought about what an city in outer space would look like, the dialogue between the students was great. They also loved being able to work on a large canvas. Even though they were still drawing, working on a canvas made them feel great about their work because it was on a larger scale. The printmaking project also went amazing, a little messy, but great experience for not only the kids but for us as well. The kids were shocked to see how they drawings could be transferred onto colorful paper, not to mention, they loved rolling the ink onto their foam drawings. We all thought the project went well, however if we discussed that if we ever did this project again we would split up the printing station so the students had more room. Even though we only had one printing station it still went very smooth and some students even made two! Over these past couple weeks we are finally starting to let loose in the classroom and hang out with the students. On factor to this is the centers. The centers we have created have allowed us to take control of our classroom in a very fun way. When students finish projects early we are not worried about what they are doing. Instead, we know that they have fun interesting places to play while learning at the same time : ) All in all this week went well and we are all ready to make this Saturday even better.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Monsterous Book Binding

Monsterous Book Binding

This week we were finishing up our Monsterous Comics and the local comic book artist, Jared Rosello that we introduced for this lesson, came in as a surprise guest! The kids were really excited to talk with Jared about their comics and had a few interesting conversations with him. The kids were eager to hear about how Jared makes his comics and if there is a sequel to his comic that they read. Jared also brought all the students copies of his comic!

Although this was another work period for our students this week, they were very composed and hard at work. I did a demonstration on what a title page should look like, what a copyright page should include, and what they should include on their author's page. The kids were really excited and before I knew it they were also making a dedication page!

We had to negotiate a little with one of our students since he had worked so hard in class this week. Miss. Erica diligently was working side by side with Max to help him advance his story and to finish his comic this week.

Once the students were came closer to finishing their outlining, I directed the student's attention to the middle of the table where I was going to show them step by step how to bind their comics. It was a process we did together as a class, and it was very successful. Some students had a hard time getting started but then got the hang of it. Bram was actually very skilled with the book binding technique and was eager to move onto the next step before everyone else was ready!

Next week's lesson we are still waiting on the Styrofoam heads, but are actively brainstorming for a back up lesson plan.

Monday, October 25, 2010

An Introduction to Performance Art

This week Matt introduced the class to the art of performance. We discussed the elements of performance such as characters, props, and background and then we took a look at some shadow puppet performances. The students were very excited to learn that they would be making their own shadow puppets and creating a performance based on the stories that they created for their last project. We divided the students into two groups where they read their stories to one another and then voted on which story they wanted to portray for their performance. It was a little bit difficult to get the students to decide on one story since they all wanted to do their own. Eleanor came up with a great solution to the problem. "Why don't we all take a vote on which story is the best, but you can't vote for your own story." The other students all agreed and it made deciding on a story much easier. Next week we will have the students finalize who is playing which character, write lines for their story, and start creating their characters and backgrounds for their performance.

Something Found, Something New. PART 2!

This Saturdsay was the second week of our Appropriation Art project: "Something Found, Something New." At the end of last weeks class, students were asked to find an object from their community (home, school, favorite park, street, etc) to bring to class this week. Although several students missed last weeks class, we were pleased to see that those students who did not miss class, came with objects in hand.

For the beginning of class, we split into two groups. Those who had missed last week's lesson, went with Adam to "catch up." The remaining students began brainstorming ideas for their objects. After everybody was on the same page, students were alotted the rest of class to work on their projects.

In our lesson plan, we had planned for two segments in the class period where students stopped working and joined for discussion. This was a time planned for questions, problem solving and informal critiquing. We quickly learned that this idea plan would not happen. Class time seemed to occur quicker than we planned, and before we knew it, our two hours were over.

Although group discussion would have been ideal, it would have been difficult and problematic to pull students away from their work when we were so limited with time. Instead, we found that walking around, and questioning/prompting stududents as they worked, seemed to be the best strategy.

In scripting our lesson this week, we learned that students needed more time to experiment with their media. Riley, for example, discided to melt styrofoam using a heat gun, this desicion required testing smaller styrofoam pieces before she transfered to her actual project. These kinds of experiments need to be taken into consideration when timing a lesson plan. Overall, students really seemed to enjoy this project. Due to time constraints, we suggested students bring home their pieces to work on during the week. We also scheduled half the class next week for finishing their projects. The notion of time is of huge importance, and I think that the skill of timing can only be mastered with experience. I am wondering how everybody else has been handling this issue?

Below are images of the progression of Julia's ballet slippers

If It's Not Hollow, It Will explode!!!!

This week's lesson focused around transformation of animals in nature, which built upon the students' exploration of transformation in nature that took place last week. We asked the students to think about what transforms in nature, specifically types of things in nature that change, and we accompanied the discussion with time lapse videos of things changing, such as caterpillars, tomatoes, flowers, stars, and blowfish. The kids were very engaged and enjoyed the videos, and I think that it was a great way to start off the lesson. Abby gave a brief example of what we are looking for in this project, and then the students were asked to think up their own animal transformations. Many of the students did a very good job, and imagined creatures such as a rabbit with big paws so it could run faster and an elephant with a curly, long trunk so it could scoop up water and food easier. Abby and Christy combined forces to give a tutorial on clay techniques, and the students had a blast wedging their clay balls on the back table. They then had over 45 minutes to work on their animals, and this is where the class separated into two categories. One group excelled and easily manipulated the clay to create their visions, while others had a very difficult time getting things to work for them. For example, one student was confident that her project would be easy because her animal was a snake. However, by the end of the class, all she had finished was the head. This variant of skill levels was difficult to anticipate and frustrating to try to deal with, since there are only two of us to help everyone. It was also frustrating to not be able to give everyone the same amount of attention and help, and I think it's going to be a challenge to proceed with next week's lesson. How can we get every student tofinish their projects on time if they struggled so much during the first week?

How did you document your students’ work?

How did you document your students' work? Have you thought of that students are able to revisit their artwork through teachers' documentations? Perhaps, it is about time for you to think of the ways and the contents of your Sat Art Class Exhibition. Would you consider posting not only your students' final work but also their process of making it?
This week, Abby and Christy did a good job on documenting and displaying their students' artwork as well as the process of making it.

The Predictable and Not So Predictable Things About Students

This week we focused on the five senses and how these senses help us shape who we are as well as help us understand the world around us. We looked at the artist Vic Muniz and his one series of paintings where he utilizes chocolate instead of paint. I found it interesting and a little surprising that while showing Vic Muniz's piece "Paparazzi", one student, who likes to read the titles of the pieces, exclaimed, "Hey! That's a song!" It's interesting that such young children (6 and 7 year olds) know of Lady gaga and her songs. I am a fan of Lady gaga myself and it is just intriguing how we can have some of the same interests in pop culture even though there is a noticeable age gap. Finding these common interests helps build relationships and shows the students that we are people too- not just teachers.

The kids enjoyed using their fingers and chocolate syrup to create self-portraits. While it was tempting for them to lick their fingers, they knew that it was against the rules for they were going on a field trip to get ice cream later. It was interesting and a little predictable with how the kids reacted with using their fingers to paint. Many thought it was super cool and would watch the syrup drip off of their fingers. Other students found it sticky and wanted to wash their hands shortly after doing their painting. Then there was Christina who used her pinky to try and maint
ain the fine details that she noticeably makes in her art. After a little while, as predicted, Christina asked for a paint brush to finish our her painting. I was just grateful that she was willing and tried to paint with her fingers (her smallest one nonetheless) frist before asking for a brush. One student, after seeing Christina receive a paint brush, wanted one too in order to fill in her background. We allowed this and were prepared for other students to ask for paint brushes as well, but one one else asked. Overall it was a fun tasty day of art.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Martian Mania: A whole new experience

This week, the students further explored aliens by focusing on the different creatures in 'Monsters vs. aliens.' The class made alien puppets out of neon cardstock and scrapbook paper cut into crazy shapes as well as 3D aliens out of model magic and abstract objects.

We changed a lot this week in
response to last weeks lesson. We added more centers which gave the students room to explore various concepts and materials that we have been working with. The classroom was much less structured and gave the students free reign for much of the class to make discoveries in each of 5 centers. Also, by including examples from the student's own popular culture, the students became much more enthusiastic about the projects and could bring their own knowledge into the conversation and learning environment.

We also tried to give up some control and just let learning happen instead of forcing it. I think all of us learned a great deal from teaching this lesson. We realized one of the hard things to learn is that working with young children we, as adults, tend to overshadow them and try to direct them in the ways we want them to go. We all learned that by letting the students discover on their own without forcing our own ideas upon them, that they had amazing ideas of their own to share and explore with each other. While some of the student's work might not have fit our original conceptions of what they should be doing (from an adults point of view), it does not mean that learning isn't going on. As teachers, we instead observed that the learning was much more meaningful when the students were able to explore and experiment with their ideas and the materials on their own terms. By stepping back and 'playing' with them, we were able to realize that.

[Who Did it]

This week students moved on with their investigations, to discover [who did it]. The detectives were briefed with a board meeting in which they reviewed the [cases closed] while they were out of the office. The [monsters] that had been caught served as inspiration for their own monsters. The detectives focused on the shape of their monsters and the additional attributes that related to their unique cases. After students sketched their monsters, they began documentation on their preliminary concepts of [who did it]. The detectives made patterns, cut the various components of their monsters, and learned a few stitches in which they incorporated into their designs. Upon completing the details of their monsters, the young detectives were able to take their pinned forms to a visiting expert, [Detective CooksALot] to have their designs completed in a more professional manner. You can see [Detective Lego] in the background of ^ this photo working with the expert to complete his project. Many of the detectives were able to complete their preliminary representations of [Who did it] with great enthusiasm. 

[Official Evidence of the BiFocal Detective Agency] 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bookmaking:Final Phase

This week was a great week for us. All of the kids finished their illustrations of the book and some were even able to bind them. Next week we are going to give them the first fifteen minutes of class to finish their books and hopefully have a nice final piece. There were a few things that I think we struggled with this week. The big thing was that a few of the students finished really early and were at a loss of things to do. I guess that would be poor planning on our part but it was hard to anticipate how fast they would go because the previous week was rather slow. We were fortunate enough to have a few bag of model magic in the cabinet and were able to give it to a select few of the kids to share. They would like to use in the following weeks but we are not sure how to fit it in during the second part of our lesson which is performance. Overall though, we were very pleased with all of the illustrations that all off the student did. The bookmaking process seemed to be a very strong project. Next week we are going to introduce them to the different ways of putting on a performance.

Monday, October 18, 2010

A variety of ways of revisiting

In the class of [Monstrous Identity] exquisite corpses drawing was one of the activities for the first day. However, the drawings have been transformed into one of the sub-activities in the classroom.

One of the students in the class is making a story with his own characters, both sock monster and life-size monster--created in previous lessons--as a draft of a comic book for this week.

A student is writing a short narrative about her sock monster.

Q. What strategies could we use to provide our students with opportunities to revisit what they have done in each of the activities?

The day before we teach

Ashley and Natalia are cutting book boards, threading needles, and folding accordion- shaped frames for the third lesson of bookmaking, [The Scene of the Crime]. Mallory is applying base coat with paper towels for the activity of creating [Martian minds] in the lesson, [Martian Mania].

For catching two rabbits—providing students with a meaningful art experience as well as managing time well in a lesson—at once, it is unavoidable to consider to how much extent art teachers should prepare on the day before the lesson. What could be done for saving time beforehand? What should not be done in advance for keeping students' meaningful experience?