“Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.” Brian Tracy
Painting and Advanced Painting: PAINTING
2.1Ac: Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.
What TECHNIQUES are you using in the watercolor?
Reflection / Evaluation: What are the STRONGEST aspects of your work this week? What do you see as being ONE challenge you need to REALLY focus on next week? PARENTS: What questions, thoughts, or NEWLY LEARNED IDEAS about ART have you gained from your 30 minutes together today?
Studio Art 360: Boxes/ Sculpture / Paper Mache
1.1P: Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.
What more do you need to do in order to be done with the sculpting of the form and then resolve the form to add the paper mache?
Reflection / Evaluation: How do you feel the adding of the paper mache and color is going to make the work stronger than it was when it was just cardboard? PARENTS: What questions, thoughts, or NEWLY LEARNED IDEAS about ART have you gained from your 30 minutes together today?
AP Studio Art: ENGLISH Computer Lab – Website
2.1Ad: Experiment, plan, and make multiple works of art and design that explore a personally meaningful theme, idea, or concept.
What was the MOST FRUSTRATING PART of yesterday?
Reflection / Evaluation: Talk to your classmates about the challenges of the maintenance of the websites. What challenges do you see having? PARENTS: What questions, thoughts, or NEWLY LEARNED IDEAS about ART have you gained from your 30 minutes together today?
Drawing: CRIT – Let’s Review the PROCESS!
3.1Ac: Engage in constructive critique with peers, then reflect on, re-engage, revise, and refine works of art and design in response to personal artistic vision.
Think about yesterday’s WRITTEN critique… How can you CONTINUE to consider the ELEMENTS and PRINCIPLES to be a successful and productive member of the oral critique?
Reflection: How are you falling short of being able to REALLY add to the critique? REMEMBER that the critique is PART of your final GRADE. PARENTS: What questions, thoughts, or NEWLY LEARNED IDEAS about ART have you gained from your 30 minutes together today?
WHAT A DAY! Today we celebrated and shared with a portion of our school community that is just as important as the teaching staff – the parents (who am I kidding? MORE important). My high school has about 1,100 students and today we almost added an additional 400 or so additional people in and around our building. The addition of just those few bodies really filled the space fast. I commented to a parent about how truly crowded it felt.
We started the day with a generous breakfast, quick comments by our NHS President, Superintendent, and Principal. A word of thanks for the continual support of the student body, a positive plug for being one of 9 districts in the state of Wisconsin that truly excelled on the state report card, a few rules of the day, and then a “good luck” wish for the parents as they hit the halls for a taste of the classes their children experience. What started out 14 years ago with about 80 parents (and kids praying hard the night prior that their parents would forget about the invitation) has grown to a HUGE turnout (and kids proud to be toting their folks around the building – showing off to them the level of hard work they have to go through on a daily basis in the building. The challenges that await the parents are VASTLY different for the majority of them as they enter a high school with higher expectations, deeper challenges, and more rigorous classes than they had when they wore the hat of the student.
My classes operated with a slight change from the ordinary. My introduction to the class took a few minutes more than usual. Other than that, it was get out and WORK, just like normal. I was so happy to see parents getting their hands into the art making experience. Questions were asked, challenges were met, stories were shared, and I truly saw learning and bonding happen (maybe bonding because of the paper mache – but I think a stronger bond than a 55% glue to 45% water mixture will ever have). I was fortunate enough to even have my mom come in and share the day. She challenged her hands at watercolors in the first period with a continuous line drawing I made up for her.
While I could not get out of my classroom to get a feel for the day, I was truly impressed with the enthusiasm, encouragement, problem solving, and FUN the parents were having with their kids. I only wish I could do this with my daughter at her school. This opportunity gave me the chance to introduce myself to the parents, explain the process I go through with their kids each and every day of the school year, and rationale for that process. Having the other support system in the same room is a wonderful plus in the day. I feel a little bad for the children whose parents were not able to join them for the day, for whatever reason. Hopefully the conversation about parent’s day will make it to the kitchen table for them. I look forward to the feedback from the parents who were in my classroom as to how their experience was and how I might be able to help their children out as the year progresses.