As part of my theory in action, learner agency or self-regulated learning is based on knowing what your goals are, putting yourself into the learning pit, fostering a growth mindset and failing forward by responding to feedforward(to name a few).
Because it is the 100 centenary of ANZAC we created art that was ANZAC inspired. What would I normally do, as a single-cell, teacher directed, old-school approach to teaching art? Find a lesson on Pinterest, get the resources ready, chunk the lesson - do this, then do this, model the technique then let the children have a go.
This sure sounded easier to organise and deliver. The result? 28 of the exact same pieces of art - colours, shapes, techniques, media.
What I did instead?
I got black paper and white paper, red paper, crepe paper, paint, pastel, crayon, dye, indian ink, charcoal pencils, glue (I think that's it?).
I collected a few examples and spread them around the room. Then we had a discussion about what artists do. We came up with this:
- they react and respond through art
- they experiment
- they blend, shade, layer, mix
- they add detail and texture
The result? Well see for yourself: 28 completely different pieces of art!