|Pretty good for a 1st grader!!|
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
|A third grade girl told me she wanted to be a veterinarian when she grows up. She loves to do observation drawings of animal pictures from books in our art library.|
|A sixth grade boy works on solving a structural problem with his cardboard sculpture using a hot glue gun.|
Friday, October 26, 2012
AEAI State Conference 2012.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
I was walking to lunch today when one of our parents stopped me in the hallway, "Are you Mr. Gaw? I want to talk with you." "Yes, I'm Mr. Gaw. How can I help you (Hoping this was going to not be a discussion about paint stained clothing)?" "My son is Johnny Smith, (not his real name) a first grader in Mrs. Johnson's class." "Oh yes, I know Johnny." Johnny's mother was very serious, "I don't know what goes on in your art room but my son has introduced his little sister to a new game at home." "Really?" I wondered aloud. "Yes, it's a game called, 'let's play art class! They spend hours in the play room drawing and making art."
I was so thrilled to hear another story from a parent about the connection between children's home and school art making. I have heard this response from significant numbers of parents of children who attend our art program before. It is a response that is heaven to my ears. It means the joyful approach to learning that we employ here in our choice based art program is doing exactly what we intended. Supporting children's interests and passions while connecting to art education content, and promoting artistic behaviors. The important thing? Ensuring children leave the art room with memorable learning experiences that leaves them wanting to experience art education more. As my friend and colleague Dale Zalmstra reflects: "Making sure children love art and consider themselves artists.(1)" That is the important thing.
(1) The Learner-Directed Classroom: Developing Creative Thinking Skills Through Art, Teachers College Press, "The Important Thing," 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
|Marble runs are the bomb!|
|Campers work hard to express personal ideas at the cardboard construction center.|
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Saturday, April 21, 2012
A view of the main exhibition hall at the Hancock County Art Exhibit.
New Palestine Elementary exhibition panels with child directed paintings, drawings and collage.
Inquisitive explorers discover marbles and blocks.
More intrepid explorers and investigators.
Future builders and engineers begin their quest to construct viable marble run structures....
....more builders and engineers join in....
....Mr. T-Rex was our mascot at the marble run-block building center.
Raffle taking place while marble run builders go to town.
Cool structures including a marble run catch zone.
"Learning should be a fascinating adventure!" Tom Horn, 2012