#WHSoc20 and #Feedback from the #SchoolYear

Taylor Gray
Taylor Gray – What a GREAT view of your community. Thanks Taylor for doing your part in making my school year one of the BEST ones yet! Mr. Korb!

Sunday night and I sit in the family room eating my popcorn, sitting back and watching the Tony Awards with my daughter. She’s beginning her first day of summer vacation with rehearsals for her show choir and I begin my first days of summer vacation in 3 days… oh well. My blog may take a hit as the summer begins, fewer posts yes, but more specific to educational topics versus the “Day to Day” stuff that happens in my classroom

It was a great year (give or take 5.5% of it) and I begin by thanking my students. Now that is not some trite comment that “every teacher says to their classes,” but is TRULY who I owe my thanks to. Yes, many great things have happened that were not necessarily on behalf of the direct actions of my students: ASCD Presentation in Los Angeles (via this website and my good friend and collaborator Janie Pollock), University of Melbourne, Australia Presentation (again… this website and Janie Pollock), EXCITING trip to Washington D.C. for National Teacher’s Appreciation Social (Thank you to Dr. Jill Biden and her staff), development of #WHSoc20 with the other 20 teachers from the Washington D.C. trip, new construction of a gallery space in our school to highlight the  the importance and elevate the standing of the visual arts in our society… and I could REALLY go on.

With all that I have been able to accomplish, all the highlights, it is the writing of my students (and the artwork) that really makes me proud. I provide a survey at the end of the year for kids to offer me feedback about my courses, lessons, classroom practices, and the like. I was surprised by a few of the responses and not surprised by others. The ones that REALLY stood out were less about me and more about what the kids took away from the courses. Those are what I share with you below. Please… if you have read this far, take the time to read even further… offer me YOUR feedback and I will share it with them.

Lastly, Wednesday, June 11 at 8:00pm CST on Twitter using #WHSoc20 you can join the conversation about the BEST ASPECTS of THIS year from a number of educators from across the country. We all met at the White House this spring and are doing what we can to spread the great news and practices in education… I hope you can join us…

Students Comments:

Q: Is there anything about this class that frustrates you?

  • The only thing that frustrates me is that I can’t be in art class all day.
  • It doesn’t have anything to do with Mr. Korb but it does with some of the students. Some of them are so disrespectful to each other and to the supplies they are given. It’s ridiculous.
  • That it is over.
  • there can be conflicts in what he see and i see and we
  • can butt heads on somethings
  • Only that I won’t be in class anymore [Insert Tears here.
  • Sometimes it feels like there is a lot of work put on me for projects.
  • Nothing really frustrates me, I like the fact that Mr. Korb gave us the opportunity to pick what we wanted to do for the projects.
  • that I can’t really take your great class (This one struck me with a 🙂 because I think she [Kira Baird – contact me at my email address, I’d love to talk!] is from NYC.

I wanted to go through more of the questions but… I will be saving them for the next post – Q: What do you like best about this class and / or teacher?

Thank you ALL for taking my classes and allowing me the BEST JOB IN THE WORLD for another year… Please send me your comments and thoughts! Subscribe and share the idea to subscribe. I have plans to share a lot this summer as I work on two articles on education and all that I have done and what can be done in the classroom… any classroom.

Frank

Stay on TARGET. FIGURE in your SPACE and COMPOSE a good GOAL for yourself.

“No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.” – Jessica Savitch

Target with 4 Faces… What does the target do? What do the faces mean? 1000 Points if you let me know your thoughts… (The points are for bragging rights only). http://www.moma.org/collection_images/resized/148/w500h420/CRI_80148.jpg

Art Foundations: Last 1/2 hour to work… Are you coming in after school to pick up pastels?

What DISCOVERY have you made about the use of MICROSCOPIC IMAGES and the designing of 2 Point Perspective Artworks? http://thehomeschoolscientist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/looking-at-hair-in-a-microscope.jpg

Goals:

  1. 4.4 evaluate and interpret your art for relationships in 4.4.1 form 4.4.2 context and 4.4.3 meanings showing understanding of the work of various art professionals* ANSWER THIS FOR YOUR GOALS? What relationships do you see between your work and the ORIGINAL Scientists vision of the microorganism?

What was the best and the worst part of the work? What are you going to take into your next major artwork that you learned from this artwork? What makes you stop and THINK about the work you have seen bu others?

Drawing: FINAL DAY! These are AWESOME – Get Ready to WRITE about the work as you make your artist statement!

What can you be thinking about as you wrap up your Kandinsky inspired work? What do you think he might have been thinking about. http://www.artesmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/KANDIN-PORTR2.jpg

Goals:

  1. 4.4 evaluate and interpret your art for relationships in 4.4.1 form 4.4.2 context and 4.4.3 meanings showing understanding of the work of various art professionals* – Answer this for your GOALS: What are the STRONG relationships you have with Kandinsky in his work and yours?

What did you take away from this overall DEEP and difficult project?

AP Studio Art: 1 Drawing today – 20 minute reclining figure – How about looking at a Henry Moore instead of the Mary Cassatt.

How did Henri Moore work the figures from the REAL to the SCULPTURAL? https://korbartwuhs.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/f0316-sculpturedrawings.png

Goals:

  1. 2.3 create artworks that solve visual challenges – ANSWER THIS: What has been the BIGGEST CHALLENGE you have faced with the idea / activity of the figure drawing? How will you handle 20 minutes today?

How did things go today? Look at everyones drawings and make comments about their figure drawings in their binders.

What did you hope to gain from yesterday? What do you hope to gain from today?

While in class we set goals in class based on the N.V.A.S. and the N.E.T.S… let’s take a look at our individual picture for a moment. Please think about the larger goal (NVAS) that is presented, but write out what we were hoping to gain from these experiences. It is always good to “look into the rear view mirror” to see who we were that made us who we are. Challenging to really see perhaps, but always good to think about and reflect upon.

“No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.” – Jessica Savitch

Go Waterford! I don’t think that was what Jasper Johns had in mind when he painted his green target. https://korbartwuhs.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/ae31e-johns_jasper_green_target_2.jpg

Art Foundations: Microscopic Images make for some HUGE Successes. Great work across the board!

What do you see? What will your audience see? http://www.rawstory.com/rs/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/shutterstock_78829726-615×345.jpg

Goals:

  1. What does your pastel drawing say about how you understand the relationships in 4.4.1 form 4.4.2 context and 4.4.3 meanings? What were YOU hoping to learn or take away from this project?

REVIEW the work you have done for today. What do you need to do for tomorrow? What do you need to expand on, tweak? Share the ideas / challenges with your neighbors.

Drawing: What does your music say to you? Perhaps revisit the song and see if it takes you where you wanted to go.

NOT Kandinsky but Klee – What was about this work that Hitler and the Nazi’s were so afraid of? Read the attached article to see more from the Neue Gallerie in New York City – Current Exhibit – Degenerate Art. http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/3/13/1394725009303/Paul-Klee-1879-1940-The-A-001.jpg

Goals:

  1. What does your Kandinsky inspired pastel drawing say about how you understand the relationships in 4.4.1 form 4.4.2 context and 4.4.3 meanings? What were YOU hoping to learn or take away from this project?

How does your art compare with the work of “professionals” and how can you work to create a better understanding of your approach / intent / ideas? Please don’t think of worse than or better than, but rather compare / contrast, similar / different.

AP Studio Art: Great to be a GROUP again… Let’s draw MORE of US!

Where was Mary Cassatt FOCUSED and where did she demonstrate expression? We’re still GESTURING! http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/cassatt/theater.jpg

Goals:

  1. 3.2 apply our models poses, and idea of capturing the human form QUICKLY and use skill to capture that pose and form completely. What does this mean to you?

What are the strengths of the Composition? Where do you find the weaknesses in your work? How can you reflect tomorrow to change / alter  / move forward from that?

HIT YOUR TARGET – If you miss – shoot again!

What goals have you set for yourself? Are they BIG and BOLD? Are they small and subtle? Regardless as to the goals you have, make them attainable – but not too easy… you may get bored, and not too difficult… you may get frustrated. Just make them a smidge out of reach so you have to stretch!

“No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.” – Jessica Savitch

Jasper Johns – All sorts of approaches to his goals. http://www.christies.com/lotfinderimages/d53152/d5315228l.jpg

Art Foundations 2D: EXTENDED DEADLINES – So long as the GREAT WORK continues.

What is going on with your drawing as you resolve it? http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/EXID8310/images/BevShotsAustralian-Pale-Lager.jpg

Goals:

  1. 2.3 Resolve (extended deadline) your pastel drawing as you solve visual challenges. ALSO Consider the reflection on your works.

What was the most interesting thing you took away from this process of two point perspective, pastel drawing, microscopic images? Talk to your neighbor about the project and have a REAL discussion.

Drawing: EXTENDED DEADLINES – So long as the GREAT WORK continues.

Goals:

  1. 2.4 compare Kandinsky’s points of view and your theory regarding composition and meaning in artwork. This is going to be the PAPER you present for this work… BE THOUGHTFUL – Korb will bring you up to speed.

As this develops, how are your ideas and Kandinsky’s similar and how are they different? What might you take away from this experience? How can you share that idea with the world? WRITE this out from the beginning of the hour. Has it Changed?

AP Studio Art: Gesture Drawing – Remember this stuff? Let’s see what you can do.

GESTURE – Not Scribbles – but not too far from it! http://www.hoover.k12.al.us/sphs/visualarts/emyers/for%20elements%20page/gesture_drawings.jpg

Goals:

  1. 1.2 create gesture drawings that demonstrates an understanding of how your ideas and observations (and mark making) relates to the 1.2.1 materials, 1.2.2 techniques, 1.2.3 and processes you use.

  2. 1.3 communicate ideas clearly

What was most difficult about the drawings today? what were the things that you found fun? What is your largest fear of the human form?

Are you on TARGET with your GOALS? Jasper Johns sure is!

“No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.” – Jessica Savitch

Are you on TARGET with your Day to Day goals? Have you ever thought about setting goals of your own? Write them down and you will be more likely to hit them! http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3228/3137422976_fe5f9bc44e_o.jpg

Art Foundations: 2 Days until your drawing is DUE!

Simple Color Choices… How are you using YOUR choices in color? http://images.fineartamerica.com/images-medium-large/1-microscopic-arrangement-darlyne-a-murawski.jpg

Goals

  1. 1.2 create Oil Pastel 2 Point Perspective drawing that demonstrates an understanding of how your ideas relate to the 1.2.1 materials, 1.2.2 techniques, 1.2.3 and processes you use

  2. 1.3 communicate your personal ideas clearly

What do you you need to CLEAN things up before Wednesday rolls around? How are you going to write about the work?

Drawing: THURSDAY CRITIQUE

Goals

  1. 3.2 apply GEOMETRIC subjects, symbols, and KANDINSKY / BAUHAUS based ideas in art and use skill to solve visual challenges

Biggest struggle / success for today? Write it out and the WHY!

AP Studio Art: Critique Today – Figure Drawing TOMORROW!

What are these? Aren’t you glad you do not use them? I sure am… However, Photoshop can’t fix a bad photograph… Make good original images. http://www.theodmgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/photo-slides.jpg

Goals

  1. 4.4 evaluate and interpret your art for relationships in 4.4.1 form 4.4.2 context and 4.4.3 meanings showing understanding of the work of various art professionals*

Of ALL the works you have created SO FAR… Which are the BEST 5? TOMORROW… Mounting the QUALITY Section of the portfolio.

For so many… this is the last week for your latest work of art!

THANKS JANIE for letting me be part of the SCAD conference! See you soon!

If you have not yet signed up for the texting service… one more day of information:

“No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.” – Jessica Savitch

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3228/3137422976_faf68ecdd1.jpg

Hit the target – aim high! http://www.artchive.com/artchive/J/johns/targcast.jpg

Art Foundations: 3 Days to RESOLVE your Work!

COLORS and FORM… What are you doing in the 3D aspects of your artwork? http://jibibap.files.wordpress.com/2007/04/cover.jpg

GOALS:

  1. 1.1 apply media, techniques, and processes with 1.1.1 skill, 1.1.2 confidence, 1.1.3 and awareness so that your ideas are executed well

What are questions that you feel will be worth talking about as you write about the drawing and the original image? Come up with 3 questions between the two of you and TURN THEM in on the notecards provided.

Drawing: How Kandinsky did what he did – how can you(ski) do what you do?

GOALS:

  1. 3.1 reflect on how YOUR art differs and describe how it relates to YOUR history and cultures
  2. 3.2 apply subjects, symbols, and ideas in art and use skill to solve visual challenges

SHARE YOUR THEORY AND DRAWING WITH YOUR CLASSMATE – Last 10 Minutes – CONVERSATION and write down what you have learned from your classmate

AP Studio Art: CRIT!

Time to begin thinking about the final images and the photographs. https://korbartwuhs.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/a210b-6a01156f8c7eb4970c015391f9d982970b-800wi.jpg

GOALS:

  1. 4.4 evaluate and interpret your art for relationships in 4.4.1 form 4.4.2 context and 4.4.3 meanings showing understanding of the work of various art professionals*

How does your art compare with the work of “professionals” and how can you work to create a better understanding of your approach / intent / ideas?)

May 17, 2013 – Friday – Really? Already? : (

“Talent may get someone off the starting blocks faster, but without a sense of direction or a goal to strive for, it won’t count for much.”
– David Bayles and Ted Orland
Art and Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking Thank you Ted and David – You have both been inspirations for the AP kids this past month. Pizza Party for a Critique? Sounds Good!

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ASCD Webinar Participants – SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Art Foundations: TEXTURE – Brief Textbook (175?) and Note taking. What is the texture we spoke of yesterday and how can we gather it up? Did you go and gather it up with your classmates.

Max Ernst’s TEXTURE Surrealism… What can you do that Ernst has mastered?

GOALS:

  1. 1.1 apply media (acrylic paint), techniques (Grattage and Decalcomania), and processes (creating an series of textures) with an 1.1.3 awareness so that your ideas are executed well.

What, of the three texture making techniques, did you enjoy using the most? What do you think you can do with each of these textures?

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DRAWING: Finish the pastel drawing… DO NOT FORGET to COLLABORATE with your partner!

Backgrounds… Culture… What does your drawing say about you?

GOALS:

  1. 2.2 evaluate the effectiveness of artworks
  2. NETS: 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 most difficult part of this Self-Portrait for you? What has been the most rewarding part of this Self-Portrait for you? Please take a moment to reflect on why you felt this way. How have you GROWN through this process? I am SO proud of each and every one of you. You may not have worked at an A level, but each of you who challenged yourselves have succeeded in your own way.

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AP Studio Art: FINISH ALL THAT I HAVE ASKED OF YOU! Holy Cow! There is a lot to do… Art Show goes up next week.

Woah! Let’s hang a show as good at the ideas these kids have created! Show your best work and put your best foot forward!

GOALS:

  1. 3.1 reflect on how art differs and describe how it relates to your history and your culture.

What have you created this year?What have you challenged yourself with? What have you accomplished that you did not think that you might have been able to accomplish? Take a moment and give yourself some credit for all that you have finished and think about what you were unable to finish… why were you unable to finish you were able to finish?

MAY 16, 2013 – Thursday

“Talent may get someone off the starting blocks faster, but without a sense of direction or a goal to strive for, it won’t count for much.”
– David Bayles and Ted Orland
Art and Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

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ASCD Webinar Participants – SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Art Foundations: TEXTURE – Textbook and Note taking. What is texture and how can we gather it up?

Jonathan Lasker REASONABLE LOVE, 2007 Oil on linen 81 x 108 inches 205.7 x 274.3 centimeters CR# LS.13939

GOALS:

  1. 1.1 apply media (crayon and acrylic paint), techniques (frottage, grattage, and decalcomania), and processes (EXPERIMENTATION) with an 1.1.3 awareness so that your ideas are executed well.

Where do you experience TEXTURE in your day to day activities? How does TEXTURE affect the way you experience some of the day to day events and happenings in your life?

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Drawing: Draw, Critique, Fix, Correct, Draw, Discuss, FAUVISM – Upload and Edit your Rubric – Collaborate with your classmates!

How are you keeping it cultural and self-focused?

GOALS:

  1. 2.2 evaluate the effectiveness of artworks through self and collaborative critiques
  2. 1.1 apply pastel, layers, and Fauvist Drawing with an 1.1.3 awareness so that your ideas are executed well

Yesterday got away from us – late start and all… what are your biggest accomplishments today? What were your classmates biggest accomplishments today? Write out your thoughts about your classmates drawing in the COmments section so that you can then take it to the computer and make the thoughts there also. COLLABORATE!

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AP Studio Art: Artist Statement, Gather Work for Show, Name Tags, Art and Fear Art Work

What is your Fear about Art?

GOALS:

  1. 3.1 reflect on how art differs and describe how it relates to your history and your cultures
  2. 1.1 apply mediums , techniques, and process with an 1.1.3 awareness so that your ideas are executed well

Homework? Cards for your artwork. Statements for the exhibition? Get it done? What are you proud of having accomplished this year?

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ASCD Webinar Participants – Thanks for the time at the the webinar. I hope that my thoughts were of value and raised some good points and some challenging questions. I am always looking for feedback – so please pass it along to me. Take a tour, have a look, follow me and see how I effectively  use technology as a tool for interaction, content, resources, collaboration and communications tool in my classroom. If you would like to contact me – you can leave a message below or e-mail me at fjkorb@gmail.com. Enjoy!

May 15, 2013 – Wednesday – Late Start

“Talent may get someone off the starting blocks faster, but without a sense of direction or a goal to strive for, it won’t count for much.”
– David Bayles and Ted Orland
Art and Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

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ASCD Webinar Participants – Thanks for the time at the the webinar. I hope that my thoughts were of value and raised some good points and some challenging questions. I am always looking for feedback – so please pass it along to me. Take a tour, have a look, follow me and see how I effectively  use technology as a tool for interaction, content, resources, collaboration and communications tool in my classroom. If you would like to contact me – you can leave a message below or e-mail me at fjkorb@gmail.com. Enjoy!

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Art Foundations 2D: ABSTRACTION – Let’s go out and look at MORE abstraction and see what interests us in the worlds that it offers.

Abstraction is NOT as easy or simple as you might think… what are you thinking about as you see this work by contemporary artist Jonathan Lasker’s The Quotidian and the Question, 2007, suggests anatomical structures. COURTESY CHEIM & READ, NEW YORK. ARTnews link to magazine article in the picture – go ahead… click it!

GOALS:

  1. Research and Information Fluency – Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. LAPTOPS!
  2. 2.6 create multiple solutions (sketches) to visual challenges (making abstract art with a meaning) that show understanding in relationships between composition and meaning of artwork.

What was the most interesting part of the ARTnews article that you read about the Golden Age of Abstraction? How has looking at contemporary abstract art changed your mind about the work that is available and out there? Do yo understand the ideas of ABSTRACTION better than you did before? Please write your thoughts down in your COMMENTS section of your GOALS SHEET.

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Drawing: Work work work – Think think think. Pastels are in your hands and your mind is focused on the drawing. How are you breaking this space up? DUE – MONDAY! Critique – Monday – Wednesday of next week.

Hip-Hop… What does YOUR art say about YOU? Did your choice in COLOR SCHEME help you communicate your ideas and thoughts?

GOALS:

  1.  3.1 reflect on how art differs and describe how it relates to your history and your cultures.
  2. 1.1 apply pastel, layers, and Fauvist Drawing with an 1.1.3 awareness so that your ideas are executed well.

How are you moving forward with this drawing? What have you chosen to do with the background? Why? How have you divided it up and made sure it was working with the portrait? Is it?

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AP Studio Art: How is the choice of your artwork going? How has your artists statement gone? Friday – it is due – POINTS for PARTICIPATION! Art and FEAR artwork… There is a lot of work you are working on… how can you keep up / keep it straight?

GOALS:

  1. 3.1 reflect on how art differs and describe how it relates to your history and your cultures
  2. 1.1 apply mediums, techniques, and process with an 1.1.3 awareness so that your ideas are executed well

Art and Fear, Name Tags, Art Show… there is a lot of work to get accomplished  Art and Fear is due Monday- Your Statement is due Friday, your Name Tags are due when you put the show up  – NEXT WEEK! What are you done with? Good work yesterday Bryan! Keep up the good work EVERYONE!