8th grade students spent this week brainstorming, researching, and sketching out designs for their next project theme: Issues and Concerns. Many artists are interested in reflecting current and historical events in their work as well as questioning how things work, how they could work, and what the future might bring. I challenged my students to select and issue or concern they have and use PBS LearningMedia Student Portal to find images, articles, videos, and other helpful resources to inform their position on a topic of their choice.
Students selected topics ranging from the environment, to tolerance, to disease, to student stresses and began to think of images and symbols that could help them visually communicate their ideas, feelings, and research on the topic. Once completing some sketches of their work, they did three minute critiques in small groups to get and give "stars and wishes" about the ideas and plans presented. This offered students valuable feedback to their peers to help narrow down their ideas and rework any unclear plans they may have had.
Some students finalized their concepts today and started getting to work on their images. The only limitation to the work is that they had to use 2D media (which you will see is even a little bit bendable).
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.