Sunday, August 24, 2014


" What young artists need is a school where they can learn a variety of skills, a place where there is cross-pollination." Walt Disney 

Making the transition from a learner directed elementary art program to a high school version has been a good one. After teaching elementary art for 29 years, I have a new respect for my colleagues who teach at the elementary level! 

High school art teaching is lots of fun! Learner's have lots of executive functioning skills. 

The fact that art class is an elective at the high school level makes my new job even more rewarding.

Our curriculum is centered around lots of student ideas about art making within our drawing center, painting center, computer center, cardboard construction center, electronic portfolio program and lots of student initiated action. 

Many students are concerned with drawing realistically so I have been sharing with them secrets of the old masters!

We are settling into a way of doing. A way of being. Investigating, researching, experimenting, sharing, mentoring, communicating. 

Lots of cross-pollination going on in this art room right now. 

I call high school TAB art education Heaven!

Linoleum Prints!
Observation drawing utilizing an optical device!
Utilizing a grid to enhance our picture making!
Collaborative drawing!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

New Gig....

After 29 years working with elementary children, it was time to find out how learner directed art education pedagogy would work with older students within an institutional setting. After my first 3 weeks at New Palestine High School, I would have to say TAB works beautifully! The students are thriving and I am enjoying teaching like never before! More to come soon! Happy teaching...Clyde