Thursday, November 3, 2011

MAC Week 2-BP3: Comment 3 / Marc

Thursday, November 3, 2011

MAC wk. #2: Reading Reaction

As I read the book, "The Art of Possibility," the second chapter of giving an "A" really spoke to me and also let me know that I actually am on the right track. The chapter begins with the story of Michelangelo talking about how a sculpture is hidden in a piece of rock, and you need to chip away the excess parts to reveal the art. The author compares this in education where the student needs to drop the "excess" to gain mastery and self-expression.
I have an assignment at the beginning ofd the year where my students study themselves and really think about who they want to be and what their Artistic Identity is. I have found that giving this assignment to the students helps them to let go of barriers and also gets to feel more comfortable to their self-expression in my class. They really respond positively to the assignment and I think it helps to set the tone for the year and also get them excited about who they are as an artist. I wanted to share my assignment and also give you all permission to use it if you would like.

Here is the presentation to get them thinking:

Rosetta Cash said...
I know how you feel Marc. That section also gave me an “Aha” moment. I too realized that I was on the right track with my students. The reading has given me even more ideas to incorporate into my delivery of instruction and how I help to heighten the awareness of my students. The Prezi is a really nice touch. I can see that it will get the students to critically think about their lives and why they do what they do the way they do it. I also think that your “Artistic Identity” assignment is excellent. It incorporates several activities that address different levels of learning. Well done.

1 comment:

  1. Rosetta,
    I really like your Artistic Identity assignment! I kind of wish someone would give me that assignment as a visual artist... May have to adapt it for me and/or my students. I did give a similar assignment to my middle school girls after school art group; we are working on an artist book dealing with positive identity traits, and I asked them to come up with a word that describes them, and then create images for the book illustrating that trait. We just started the project, and it is going great! I love how they don't have to be anything but an amazing person and an artist in this arena!