Careers in Art PBL

May 7, 2016

Nicole Garry

Nicole Garry is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early-Middle Childhood Art. For the past 15 years she has worked at Davis Elementary as the lead art teacher where she specializes in creating interdisciplinary art lessons that connect art standards to classroom room learning. In the past year she has been exploring ways to create a 21st century art room that focuses on the 4 C's (creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking) while engaging students in traditional media as well as new technology.

It started with an idea based on changes in art education......

  • Art TEKS revamped in 2013
  • House Bill 5
  • Project Based Learning focus at Davis
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Career Fair Reflections

Once the Career Fair was over and the student proposals had been submitted it hit me like a ton of bricks that I was now about to lead students forward on 58 different projects at once. Never in my career had I felt so out of my comfort zone. I googled the image below a lot during that time and crossed my fingers that it would be true. While I flailed for a bit, we did move forward and the more I let go and trusted the students the more magical it got. To my surprise every time I asked community members to come help as experts they rearranged their schedules and made it happen. In the end I was simply the coach and it was the students and community members creating the magic. When students starting skipping recess and sneaking out of lunch to come work on their projects, when they cheered that it was an art day and jumped up and down with excitement when something new worked, I knew the journey from the comfort zone was worth it.
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Project Steps

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Let the Fun Begin!

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Google Slides

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It's Showtime!

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Changes for Next Year

  • After introducing driving question, have students generate a list of 'need to knows' instead of telling them what to do next
  • Rotate students through meeting with teacher every few class periods
  • Set up classroom so supplies are more accessible to students