Retooling

8 12 2015

Alyssa Gratio“Creative thought is a trial-and-error process that generally produces a series of failed associations before a creative solution emerges.”

TOM JACOBS

So the semester is beginning to wind down or up, if you have frantic artists striving to complete works at the end.  I have placed the above quote on my laptop for me to read and reread.  It is necessary for me to have an orientation for what I am doing this semester.  I have a formula or so I thought, that would work this semester, and for the most part it has.  I need to adapt for larger enrollment starting next semester. I need to update and tweek a few Google forms.  My plan it to keep the set of Themes and add some Verbal Prompts to help assist my artists that need a bit more to get started.  I am also thinking, I may need to limit some of the media or steer students to materials to consider for their art proposal.

This of course has me diving in for more research and better ways to get my artists to connect deeper into their individual inquiries.  I also need to find a method to drop-in skill building techniques for the students who need it.  I am finding that often many students need some individual attention on a variety of media skills all at the same time.  I tell you I am a “jack of all trades” but I haven’t figured out how to clone myself yet.

I want to accomplish more than I can ,but I do enjoy the research and challenge.  I want to keep the discovery, inquiry, and choice for the individual artists.

Most of my students are developing, exploring, experimenting, and creating wonderful works that speak to their interests.  But I am still struggling with the student who craves more framework and directions.  I am doing the scaffolding and individual skill building but the motivation to do the work on researching the concept/process is still not there for some students.  I think for some students it may not be what they want from a studio experience or in the cycle of comfort or desire to learn more about creating.  It could be that the student has come so accustomed to just being told what to do. If that is the case, I will need to continue to offer support and guidance to lead them to choice.

I am preparing to present at the Art Closet Arts Integration Conference –http://artsintegrationconference.com/  

I will present what I have learned from a semester of doing the work and offer a few new questions for the viewers to research to customize the concept of Choice Based Art for their programs.

semester-exams

 

 

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