Today I decided my art 2: painting/drawing was just going to jump in, feet first, into TAB. Let me tell you, it was nerve wracking. We started off with a Padlet activity. I introduced our first theme of man/machine and we brain stormed what they thought of when I said the word “man” and when I said the word “machine”. This was the most talkative the class was all period. Next I told them of the facebook art teacher group I am part of and how I asked my fellow teachers what artwork and what artists they thought of when I gave the topic of man/machine the list was so varied. I showed my students examples from the suggestions. I wanted them to see that there was no wrong answer. That everyone has different images when told a theme, and that was okay. In fact, it was encouraged.
The last thing I did today was a few demos on ways of creating value. Our first unit based on “Man/Machine” is all about b/w drawing media. I am excited about the artist dictionary they will be creating over the year from their practice of the demos that I do. I don’t think I made the right choice in how I went about handing things out and the order of that. I think next time (and I will have a chance to try again in a week or so with art 1), I will do the demo then hand out the practice sheets because even though I told them not to draw what I was drawing, many of them did. I really want them to practice something and really try the technique out and not just do the short little “thing” I do.
As I mentioned before the loudest they were was during the brainstorming. It really was a little freaky how quiet a 9th period class was. I am really hoping they were just overwhelmed because it wasn’t “normal” art class and they were trying to take it all in. I really hope they were not bored. I hope as we go along and this becomes “routine” they act more comfortable in class.
I look forward to tomorrow.