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?

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Sew Excited!! We will have a fully stocked Sewing Studio Center with 5 Sewing Machines!

Yes! I am "sew" excited! As a sewing enthusiast, I am "sew" thrilled to be able to share my passion for sewing and building sewing skills with my students. The art studio at Willow Brook Elementary School was recently awarded a grant of more than $1,800 to expand its sewing studio center. YAY!

We are one of nine schools in the region to be awarded a grant by Maritz in collaboration with the Arts and Education Council. I am excited about rearranging the room to fit the new studio and my mind is racing with ideas! I can not wait to expand our current sewing studio center that houses a Viking sewing machine from the PTO, and a solid Singer Sewing machine that was my first sewing machine from my mom! The grant will provide the purchase of four new sewing machines and a variety of sewing supplies, such as scissors, quilting rulers, bobbins, thread, needles, rotary cutters and fabric. We plan to use our sewing skills to give back to the community in a variety of simple sewing projects!  See what schools were awarded from the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Read more about it on Pattonville's site or on the Arts and Education site.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Water Color Skills with 2nd Grade

I love this link on how to watercolor. It is a great simple way to integrate watercoloring skills into your studio skill sets.

The brush is a ballerina, patting the puppy, which ever way you demonstrate watercolor... it is always good practice for our budding artists!   Watercolor painting skills are necessary for our painting studio. Second graders working on their skills on watercolor paper with natural hair brushes and blending colors.  

News 4 Schools: A new approach to art - KMOV.com

Our studio was featured on the local news channel. We were so excited to have others see what we are up to in our studio. I have to admit, I was a little nervous, (well a lot nervous) but super excited about TAB/Choice Art getting local exposure. It is a great way for children to learn and express their inner creativity!

News 4 Schools: A new approach to art - KMOV.com

Monday, September 14, 2015

Published in SchoolArts Magazine!

You can catch a full page spread on our Wildcat Art Studio in SchoolArts Magazine!! Wow! How exciting for all of us at Willow Brook to see our creative space highlighted in the Snapshots section!  Magic happens when students are independently creating in their studio centers! Check out the highlight on the free digital copy! Happy Creating! xoxo

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Choices in Medium and Content: Why I am a Choice-Based Art Educator

In case you missed it, we landed the FRONT page of the St. Louis Post Dispatch! Humbling and exciting with a great article written by Jessica Bock.  The article shares how choice has fueled the students' creativity and engagement.  Students are given the opportunity to work as artists to express themselves through art in medium and content.

If you missed the article, find the link here.  The online article is accompanied with a beautiful photo gallery.

As an advocate for Choice-Based learning, the exposure has been great and has lead to many inquiries on how I run things.  Of course, anyone is welcome to visit our space to see things first hand, however, it is not always easy escaping the daily adventures in ones' school.  So I want to share a candid view into why CHOICE-BASED is how I run things and who I am.
I kept pondering the question, "How do I teach art to a diverse group children to with different interests and needs?" As a mom of four young children who find great satisfaction in creating, drawing, and building... I never tell my own children how to create, I share skills with them so they can create what they want.  I want to see their inner creativity and self expression. So why not teach that way in a school?  I was introduced to the idea of TAB or Choice-Based Art by my friend and fellow art teacher, Maryellen Picker. Maryellen handed me the book, Engaging Learners Through Artmaking, Choice-Based Art Education in the Classroom by Katherine Douglas and Diane Jaquith, and it was what I was looking for.

If you are interested in venturing into the Choice-Based realm, it's a must read.  It literally has changed my life.  To say that is a HUGE statement, but it has.   The creative journeys of my students inspire me daily and keep me energized.  I have learned a lot having a year under my belt.  Learn how I introduced Choice to my principal, students, roadblocks, handouts, and what I have learned thus far, so tune in.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Wildcats Create using Social Media: Transparency for Parents and Community

Transparency with community and parents is important, so you can find us on different social media platforms. Currently we have our blog, facebook account, instagram feed, and twitter account.  All of these platforms are easy to use and fun to follow.  By following, you can catch a glimpse into our studio happenings where students learn to behave like artists in our Choice Based program.

I enjoy catching glimpses of what my children's day is like when I am not around. With our Instagram feed, you are able to catch a glimpse into our studio with images.  You may see children painting in Painting Studio, drawing in Drawing Studio, or even sculpting in Ceramic Studio.  Follow our IG feed on your handheld device and take a peak. 

With our FB account, keep up with new blogposts and photos.

Twitter is where I can collaborate with other art teachers in the community and follow up to date happenings in the art world with art news. It is a great place for professional growth with #tabchat and #arted #tabchoice.

Here on my blog, you will get the story straight from me as I continue this amazing journey as the Willow Brook Elementary Art Teacher in Pattonville.

I hope you will see all of the creative happenings that keep my days filled with joy and that our transparency helps you catch a glimpse of what we are up to.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Busy in the Studio Today! Adventures in Choice Art...

Sometimes, it's hard to head to work on a Monday morning, especially after a week off of work.  Spring Break may have seemed short and last night I felt like I had 2 minutes of sleep. This morning, before school,  a student stopped me and shared how excited they were to come to Art! "Mrs. Lynn! I have art today! I brought some inspiration with me and I plan to sew... I love how my other project turned out, the dress I made fit my doll perfectly!" The look on her face was priceless and I was reminded how lucky I am to be here at Willow Brook. She was describing her well thought out plan and it felt energizing, even more than my morning coffee!  The studio is hopping this Monday and everyday with all the Wildcats continuing pieces they were working on before break, and some starting new ones!  We are energized with creativity! There is always something new going on in the Willow Brook Studio!
 Drawing studio in kindergarten. Look at those Lines!
 Fiber Arts studio, weaving beads with kindergarten.
 Building in Architecture with our Alex Toys citiblocs.
Many Wildcats request to come in during recess to finish what they are working on!
 Painting studio.
 Look at these kindergarteners collaboratively working together in drawing studio
 Second graders in Architecture.
 Architecture with 2nd Grade.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Missing Blogposts? Then follow us on Instagram for a Visual Story

We are on instagram and posting everyday all the awesome happenings in our Choice-Based Art Studio! If you haven't started to follow us, please do.
Seeing the children through their art has made stronger relationships with my students. Can't wait to see what happens tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New Studio Center: Architecture

Architecture Studio is thriving with tons of Willow Brook Wildcats wanting to create and build with our Alex Toys citiblocs. The wood planks are an amazing tool that help students with principles and elements of art.  Students are working with concepts of 2D vs 3D work, balance, proportion, problem solving, symmetry, innovation, collaboratively working as teams, geometric shapes and forms, and pure creative joy. First hand, I have seen the growth of these future architects, working with height first, then adding in patterns, colors, shapes... challenging themselves! Amazing work is happening. I am so proud of our Wildcats!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Collaborative Canvases inspired by Frank Stella, Part 3

The individual paint canvases have been put together like a collage in different classes, and we have started to install them throughout the halls. They look great! Each one different and all created by Willow Brook hands. When you are strolling about, come take a look at their creative outcome!

Watch a short clip of Frank talking about how he came up with shaping the canvas here.

Collaborative Canvases inspired by Frank Stella

The Frank Stella inspired art installation all started earlier in the year. Read about it in Part 1.