I have been re-thinking having everyone learn
through drawing as a basic. I work with Special Ed High School students
and there is a lot of resistance, fear and disinterest with these acquired
skills.( Sort of a concentrated version of what you're experiencing, I
guess.) I have always offered choices when I met with
It has helped me to step back and take another look
at what my role is as an Art educator and what would be most meaningful for
students to experience during their time in the Art room.
I have found that the concept of using
centers as laid out in Choice-based Art Education http://knowledgeloom.org/tab/index.jsp is
something that i've adapted to my program. It makes sense for me. It
also allows me to talk less and give them a chance to discuss, wonder
and enjoy expressing themselves.
Most of my students want to use materials in some
way and many have been more open to trying challenging projects after watching
others take the leap. Of course I first saw it described on IAD in the
ART NEWS section -scroll down to the article on Kathy Douglas. If you have
Sept. 2004 Arts and Activities, she also has a concise article there. It
is used on both elementary and high school levels but it seems especially suited
to those classes for non-art-majors.
I also taught elementary, then "graduated" to the
older students. It sure is a different ballgame!
Have fun - grace