- I won't ramble too long on this topic -- today is the day to hike
through the red rocks of Sedona -- but I will share this much.
As an elementary art specialist in a previous life, I felt that it
was extremely important for my students (k-6) to realize that I was
degreed in art and education and that I was a producing artist.
Because my BFA is painting, I set up a corner of the art studio (we
did not refer to the space as the art room) with an easel and all the
accutrements of painting.
I always worked on the same assignments with the children. Why
should I ask them to do something that I wouldn't want to do? I found
that when kids asked questions about processes involved in their
assignments that they could readily find the answer by watching me
work. I think it added value to their learning that I worked along
with them. Often they would point out alternate or better ways to
achieve a result.
Now, back to the easel ... that was my free time area. When my
assignments were completed to satisfaction, I went to the easel to
work. This set a model for kids to follow and they knew art time was
not a time to waste.
BTW...I did not have a desk in the art studio. That kept me with
the kids all the time.
Now that I am teaching at the university level, not much has
changed. Although I don't have an easel in the corner, I do work
along with my students in all of their assignments. In one class we
are developing lesson summaries. This is a collaborative effort and
I sit right there with them sweating over each learning objective,
each essential question, each assessment, and on and on. In the
writing about art class, students are watching me struggle with
writing an essay for a national publication as they struggle to write
an expository essay for class.
Today, my painting is more of a private endeavor (and I like it that
way), but my art is also writing and advocacy for quality art
education. I find time to do each of these things because I embed
them in my teaching (also an art form if ever there was one!).
From sunny Sedona,