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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Back to School... How I started the year with TAB/ Choice

Welcome back to school WilcatsCreate fans! We are ready to begin a fun-packed year with lots of new things. I am looking forward to learning and growing my students.

With beginning a new school year, I have been traveling through a lot of REFLECTION.  I have two big take-aways from my 2nd year of teaching TAB/Choice. The first big "take-away" from last school year (my 2nd year of TAB) was to have FAITH in my teaching. So much attention had been placed on my classroom in my 1st year of TAB/Choice, I thought to myself, "I have to be the best at this to have have people come observe me." I relied on my mentor and generous colleagues who practice TAB pedagogy for resources, assessment and planning.  I didn't rely on my own instincts to provide authentic art opportunities for children, I followed others' leads.  My students did create wonderful artworks, full of meaning with enriching artist statements, but I lost sight on PROCESS and sometimes looked at PRODUCT.  Especially with Art Shows, Exhibitions with other art teachers that are project based. I lost confidence in PROCESS.  Takeaway Number 2... forget PRODUCT! Let go of the pressure and have FAITH in yourself and have FAITH in the PROCESS!

So this year!!! I currently have had students working on Painting Skills while decorating the covers of their sketchbooks.  We talked about Tempera paint and different painting skills and terms like tint, sgraffito, blending, drybrushing, etc.   The students set to work with a warm or cool color schemes and had a lot of fun exploring sgraffito and blending. The sketchbook idea came from Cassie Stephens.









We are going to use the sketchbooks to house our studio skills, idea sheets, and ATC's!  We have joined in with MiniMatisse's ATC Swap!  We will be creating 2 1/2x3 1/2 mini art pieces to swap globally with countries like Australia, Cambodia, Germany, Japan, Scotland, Thailand, and the U.K. not to mention 80 schools from all over the United States. More about that soon!!

I hope everyone is off to a great year! I love all the comments and questions I have been getting on the blog! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

2016 Legacy Project Underway for 3rd through 5th Graders


This year, we closed up studios for grades 3 through 5 to focus on a Ceramics Unit. We have a lot of special staff members retiring and "Soaring to New Adventures."  We loved how the "Only One You" ceramic installation turned out in our cafeteria, so we are working on hot air balloons for a Water Fountain Legacy project. You can see the water fountain space above.
First, I created new ceramic stamps for the children to use.

We have tons of different stamps for fun patterns.



Children rolled the clay.

Next, they used tracers and cut around the hot air balloons and smoothed the edges.

Then, students were able to add their patterns and designs.

 
I love how the kids made tons of different patterns.


Students added glaze. We used stroke and coat glaze to save a step of bisque firing.

Into the kiln.





 We are almost ready for the install. The paint has been ordered and we have to coat that first! Stay tuned for the end result! Watch a stop motion on how we got started!





Monday, April 11, 2016

TAB and Choice-Based Substitute Teacher Lesson Plans

The last few weeks have been a whirl-wind. I attended my first Art Educator Conferences and presented at both! I presented with my colleagues at National Art Educator Association Conference in Chicago and at the Missouri Art Educator Conference here in St. Louis. I love meeting art teachers from all over. Everyone has great ideas to share. It was amazing. If you want to see our presentation, check it out here.

I was out a few days and wanted to share what I currently leave for my sub.  I have a hot pink crate with hanging file folders. In the crate are emergency procedures, coloring sheets, extra coloring paper and lessons.  I am in the process of adding more ideas to my sub crate!

Art Cards is an idea from Maryellen Picker. I have 6 bags for the 6 tables that are  in the room.


I have Laurel Burch inspired Cats for the children to fill in with patters and color.



Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Only One You Art Mural and Installation at Willow Brook Elementary School





Just the other day I was reconnected with the author, Linda Kranz. She illustrated and wrote, "Only One You" which was the inspiration for our all school art mural and installation in the school cafe.  I have gotten notes and questions on the art installation from beginning to end from schools that were inspired by our wall. The installation has held up very well.  There have been some curious friends that have touched and taken down a fish or two, but overall, I am very happy with the longevity of the piece.  If you have any questions, feel free to connect with me through our blog, or if you have been inspired by our wall and created something similar please share photos!! I would love, love, love to share them with our students. Art can bring communities together and that would be a great lesson to share with our Wildcats!




Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Second Year TAB Teacher Surfing the Studio Centers

I was so pumped to start my second year as a TAB Teacher.   My first year, I was scared and held back a little. I was nervous that mad chaos would ensue, so I was extra careful to make sure that routines and procedures were in place.  It was magical how students were engaged, on task, creative, natural collaborations would occur and the conversations about art would make my heart beat faster. It was an energetic year, we had visits from administration, the newspaper and even local channel news. I was humbled and proud of my students.

This year is my second year... I have been surfing waves of delight and frustration as I revise, plan and modify our studio centers.  I believe in TAB, I trust that it is a pedagogy that has my students best interest at heart. As a mommy of four, it is how my children learn with their art teacher, Maryellen Picker. I see the excitement they display on days that they have art. They light up when they bring home their creative artworks, and I love seeing the windows into how they think and design.  For my students, I have deeper, more meaningful relationships with them because I see them through their art. I have met up with some wonderful TAB art teachers in the St. Louis area, and I frequent the Midwest TAB-Choice Facebook group for support.

Everyday is new.  To make things go more smoothly in the planning process, I have created this plan sheet.  It is a culmination of different artist statement, reflection forms and other plan sheets that I have seen on pinterest and TAB groups.

I want to share it, in case it may be something that may help you. There are 2 plan sheets, one that integrates elements of art and another that integrate the principles of art. I have provided links to the google documents so that you can print them out.  I have used this recently and have been happy to see how it guides my students thinking.  As I ride the waves and try to balance on my surf board, I may revise again and again, but here is my first draft. Enjoy.



grade k-2 intervention WOW plan sheet

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Line of Symmetry Butterflies 1st and 2nd grade

I enjoy following all the great things other Art Educators are doing, and the amazing Cassie Stephens had a post on Line of Symmetry butterflies that are colored with chalk pastels. They are colorful and magical to create. My second grade friends did a great job and couldn't wait to take them home.








Tuesday, December 8, 2015

TAB vs. Choice ART- We are a TAB Studio!

The Willow Brook Art Studio is a TAB Studio.  We have used the Choice-Based and TAB acronym interchangeably, however there are some differences between the two that you may find interesting.  Choice provides options. It can be choice in materials, process or even artistic interpretations, however TAB is a pedagogy that was founded by Diane Jacquith and Katherine Douglas.  TAB is an acronym that stands for Teaching for Artistic Behaviors where children are taught to think like artists and promote divergent thinking.  Art is self directed after a short demonstration.  Read more about the differences here on the Art of Ed blog. Are you on the Choice Spectrum or thinking about diving into a life-changing pedagogy that creates strong relationships with your students?