Students dug into their sketchbooks and began the hard work of planning out ideas around their first theme: Identity. This is often time the first chance students have been asked to come up with a work like this on their own. In a more traditional classroom setting, the teacher often selects materials/methods/subject matter and then teaches step-by-step instructions to get to the end point.
Because I have opened up my classroom and allowed students to decide what they should do using the theme of Identity and a touchstone, we have spent a lot of time working through sketches, taking notes, and doing demonstrations.
Below are some examples of the types of notes we have taken in class:
Below is a container that I created this week as a result of a clay demonstration.
I also don't know for sure if their projects will "turn out" because in many instances it is the first time they have tried it or even sometimes the first time I have ever had a student try it in my class. I am going to spend the next couple of weeks roaming around the classroom, doing more demonstrations, and of course answering students' questions with more questions...
It is so exciting to witness and be a part of this thing called art.
Here are some images of students as they started working through their plans and applying their learning today:
Next week will be a time where students will get their first real chance to use the whole class time to dedicate to their work - I am super excited to see where they go with it!