The school year will begin with lessons that focus on skill sets and art processes, preparing us for Choice Art. Grades 1-5 will transition into Choice Art later in the year, and the focus will no longer be on projects. Students will create art based on the studios they select and goals they create for themselves. Focus is placed on thinking like an artist. The art studio will be divided into 4 studio centers… We will begin with painting, drawing, collage and sculpture. More centers will be added as we become comfortable with Choice, such as fiber arts and printmaking. TAB fosters differentiation, student responsibility, problem finding/solving, self-reflection and assessment, goal setting, ownership, and engages the students with what they are excited about! What resonated with me most, was the mental image of a classroom filled with 8 year old versions of painter Monet, architect Frank Lloyd Wright, photographer Ansel Adams, sculptor Rodin and a young Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, and Maya Angelou! What single lesson could I deliver that would meet the needs of these varied creative learners?
This year we will display students working in the studio, mastering our skill sets. Time will develop art pieces that are representative of our studentsí personal aesthetics. I can't wait to see what our WB children create!
Learn more about TAB here or check out the organization's page here.