The Art Student (and the lessons you can learn)

“I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living.” ― Robert Henri

What a great day at the Milwaukee Art Museum. It has been FAR too long. Oh to get back into the looking at the visual arts (and a lot of it at that). I was very happy to have changed my approach and began with the European Art from the Baroque era and worked my way forward. Of course, I ended in the Bradley Collection with a look at the Alex Katz painting of “Sunny” but… it wouldn’t be a trip to MAM if I didn’t end there.

As an art teacher, I look to Robert Henri as one of THE art teachers to look up to. Color Theory, Art Theory, Aesthetics, History, Art Making… if one knows me, the ideas behind the art are as (if not more) important than the final product itself. Here you go… and if you are an art student, her you are…

10 Things the Arts Teach Students

1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.
Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it
is judgment rather than rules that prevail.

2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution
and that questions can have more than one answer.

3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.

4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving
purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity.
Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.

5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.

6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
The arts traffic in subtleties.

7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
All art forms employ some means through which images become real.

8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.

9. The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source
and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.

10. The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young
what adults believe is important.

How can YOU create a concrete representation of your most subtle feelings?

Agnes Martin in her NY Studio 1960. Photo Alexander Liberman

“Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.” – Agnes Martin

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Advanced Drawing: Take a look at the state of the work from last week.

What is the SCARY part of being critiqued?

GOALS:

  1. evaluate the effectiveness of artworks

What did you take away from the critique today? Write down what you have taken from the crit.

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Art Foundations: Talk about the importance of sketch books and work on PBIS Posters.

Art Class Teaches… ART Teaches…

10 Lessons the ARTS teach Children – Page 9 in Goals Binder

GOALS:

  1. Know about the reason behind making art (and sketchbooks)

What advancements did YOU make in the poster? How does your poster communicate the ideas of PBIS?

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AP Studio Art: Work with DIFFERENT materials in your small concentration?

What can you do with CHARCOAL?

GOALS:

  1. 1.1 apply media, techniques, and processes with (1.1.3) an awareness so that your ideas are executed well

What materials have you used today? How are the projects coming along?

June 3, 2013 – Monday of Exam Week!

If we write our dreams and goals down, we dramatically increase our odds of realization. If we share them with others, they become potent and alive.” ―Kristin Armstrong

Write out those dreams… then share your dreams with others.

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10 Lessons the Arts Teach Children

  1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships. Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment rather than rules that prevail.
  2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
  3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.
  4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity. Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.
  5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.
  6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects. The arts traffic in subtleties.
  7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material. All art forms employ some means through which images become real.
  8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said. When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.
  9. The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.
  10. The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.

Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA Publications. NAEA grants reprint permission for this excerpt from Ten Lessons with proper acknowledgment of its source and NAEA.

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Art Foundations: EXAM Review today. 4″ x 6″ Notecard. Textbook. Lecture. Pair / Share… what else do you need?

What can you remember about this past year? What are the essential aspects that you feel you are missing? Can you name anything that you feel will be needed?

GOALS:

  1. Standard #1: Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes.
  2. Standard #2: Using knowledge of principles and functions.
  3. Standard #3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas.
  4. Standard #4: Understanding the visual arts in relation to art history and cultures.
  5. Standard #5: Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of the visual arts.
  6. Standard #6: Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines.

What do you remember and have down pat? What elements / principles / theories are you struggling with? What do you need to make SURE you have on the 4″ x 6″ note card (one side)?

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Drawing: Computer time in the lab – let’s get the COLLABORATIVE work done – AFTER WE CLEAN and ORGANIZE our stuff.

GOAL:

  1. Communication and Collaboration – Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and to the learning of others.

What do you think about your images? how has this been different than paper… other drawings… ideas in your understanding of art?

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AP Studio Art: Computer Lab… Collaborative work. Clean Studio. Thanks.

How’s the collaboration going? How’s your work?

GOALS:

  1. Communication and Collaboration – Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and to the learning of others.

What has been the best / worst part of the year? How might you suggest changes take place for the following year? Bring these ideas to the exam day.

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