Flip-Flopping the Art Classroom

By: Taylor Henshaw

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What is Flipped Learning About?

Instead of spending time in class to listen to a lecture and having students do homework/assignments at home, the roles are reversed! When flipping a classroom, class time is spent for discussions, hands-on work, and receive teacher assistance.


With the increase of internet speed/access, flipped learning takes advantage of newer technologies:


  • videos (either recorded by the teacher or from other educational sites.
  • podcasts
  • other multimedia

The essence of the Flipped Classroom is giving control of the learning to the students and the teachers become the facilitators of probing questions. - Susan Riley



Students then begin to take more responsibility for their own learning. When simply looking at this essence of the Flipped Classroom,


In a sense, the art classroom has been facilitating this principle all along as students are in control of their learning and the teacher plays the role of the facilitator in the process to explore and practice art skills.

Pros of the Flipped Classroom

  • more in class time for classroom critiques
  • implementation of out of class critiques
  • use of tutorials for students to access and learn from outside of the classroom
  • online digital portfolio creates student ownership of artwork
  • individual focused time for each student

Cons of the Flipped Classroom

  • added time factor placed on students to watch the videos or other flipped content material outside of class
  • added prep time for teachers to produce videos/multi media content
  • access to technology at home may be limited
  • disconnect from student conversation

Assessments

  • Rubrics to evaluate understanding of concepts in art (composition, technique, big idea)
  • In class critiques to give constructive criticism to help facilitate student growth
  • Art projects that engage student critical thinking

To Flip or Not To Flip?

I already implement some aspects of the flipped classroom. I think that it is extremely beneficial to post videos or links to videos for students to refer back to in case they are struggling with a concept at home. I ask all of my students to create an online portfolio of their work for two reasons:


  1. Their artwork does not get damaged from transport to and from school
  2. They have a collection of all of their hard work that has been done throughout the school year.
In our classroom page, we have open discussions about student artwork and engage in successful critiques for students who like to work with our materials in class, and would like some criticism to help guide further artwork.