Barnett's Art Room
Fine Art Classes: Art 1, Art 2, Ceramics
Issue 1, Volume 2, September 2014
Message from the Editor
The focus of the art classes has switched this year from a teacher-directed to a more student-directed class. I am sure you are asking what that means. This year, the students will drive more of their artwork and what they create. They will have more choice in subject matter and materials used to create that artwork. The focus will be on the process and creating artists rather than creating people that are really good at following directions.
Students will be learning new techniques and new mediums to create artwork. They will be given broad themes that can have multiple interpretations so they can have more ownership of their work. They will create the work from beginning to end. They will learn to problem solve and pick the best solutions/materials for what they are trying to say. They will make mistakes and learn from them, like artists do. They will take risks and get messy and create authentic work.
I have done much research and planning over the past school year and the summer to prepare for this new journey in my classroom. And, I know it will be successful. The students are already showing that. They are excited about our first theme. They come in wanting to get to work. I have heard from many students, "why does time go so fast in this class?"
I look forward to sharing the journey with you through this letter and through our class website. On the website you can find a blog about what is happening. You can see what you students are learning and creating. You can find their blogs about the artistic behaviors they are learning.
I look forward to every day and every class. It is a great time to be in my art classroom.
The students did a fabulous job and took off running. We only had 2 or 3 blow up this year, which is a good thing. I can't wait for the students to glaze and add some color.