Thursday, September 15, 2011

10 Studies on Arts in Education & Avatar Unit

10 Studies Always an advocate for art education, I found this great page of study summaries on Google+ linking arts education to positive learning outcomes, including "in "Neuroeducation: Learning, Arts and the Brain," Johns Hopkins researchers shared findings showing that arts education can help rewire the brain in positive ways." Also, "Arts education may not just help raise test scores, but also the learning process itself, as a recent study revealed." (source: see link, "10 Salient Studies on the Arts in Education"). In my art room, 5th graders are starting our very big unit on avatar design including QR codes and investigating our digital footprints. This unit was designed using reverse design, essential understandings ("big ideas"), and connecting content to the real world. Lots of alignment and planning work on my part, but so far, the results have been overwhelmingly positive! Students are very engaged, love the idea of doing something so "cool", and just yesterday, a fifth grade teacher stopped by my room to tell me how excited the students were about this unit (making my day for sure). We'll see how it all unfolds as we move from final drafts to finished art, especially because I have 6 computers and even with media options, I'm worried that students who want to design on the computer will be waiting. I put up a QR code outside my art room door linked to my school website (in time for curriculum night) & that has been a big positive , also (practicing what I'm teaching). Here's the code:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Drawing to Learn & Surrealists' Game

Once again, the importance of drawing and learning is being discussed outside of the art classroom (this time, in a science forum): You can also read the full text in Science magazine at http://www.sciencemag.org/content/333/6046/1096 In the interest of promoting community, collaboration, and experimentation in the art room, I had my fourth and fifth graders create a collaborative drawing based on the Surrealists. Overall, we had a lot of fun while the giant drawings "in the round" were rotated a quarter turn every 7-9 minutes, then added on to. The Surealists called it something else, but I decided to call the activity "360 degree Zentangle".

Exquisite Corpse Drawing from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.

The Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project: 2011

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