Secondary Student Teaching: Week 6

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Senior Art Show

This week has been busy! The seniors at my high school placement had their Senior Art Show. It was amazing to see the Advanced Placement Art Portfolio students put all their art work out from their three different categories of the AP exam. They include quality, breadth, and concentration.

In the AP Art Portfolio there are three different area’s that students can apply for. They are AP Studio Drawing, AP Studio Art 2D, and AP Studio Art 3D.  A challenge I have come across in the class is getting students motivated to complete works of art, because I feel they are slightly afraid of the quality or whether their idea is coming across. After a weekly pep talk, students have been coming around, and overall the students have been knuckling down. The exam is in 2 weeks! PGA: Please Generate Art

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Danielle Holtz and I proposed a plan late last year for PGA that is a part of Columbia College Chicago’s Manifest’s Urban Arts Festival.  Above is a sketch that we submitted for our idea that we proposed for PGA. Our proposal for the miniature golf hole is: We Generate our own Environment.  The idea or concept is that a fluxus space, or a non-permanent space, can be manipulated and changed by the people who enter into it. Essentially, a space can be transformed and can function as a visual collage where people can create an environment using light, shadow, and a variety of transparent images. Not only are the inhabitants of the space creating an environment, but they can also interact with the environment and become part of the art themselves.

The larger vision is that while people are transforming the space, they are being intellectually stimulated to use higher-order thinking to make critical decisions on how they want their environment to look, focusing on creating a composition that will naturally use art elements and principles of design (such as line, shape, color, pattern, etc.) and how they can interact with the art.

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This past Saturday, we were lucky to work on our installation pieces that are made out of cardboard in our building at 33 E. Congress Parkway.  Friends and colleagues came to join Danielle and me in the creative process of creating a city, from urban to rural landscape. Below is a picture of Keli Campbell working on a tornado…because we allowed anyone who would help to have creative freedom in generating the environment.

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Manifest for Elementary and Art Education:

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Lastly, I ran into my good friend and colleague in my cohort Will Wenzel early Saturday morning in our building.  He was organizing and curating the Elementary and Art Education show for Manifest.

Stay tuned for a future blog post to see what other student teachers have been up to through the Manifest Urban Arts Festival!