Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci
"One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself" Leonardo da Vinci

Monday, July 12, 2010

Project Based Learning

While designing the art curriculum for the year, I have to consider these ten 'commandments' for project based learning:

1) Begin with an end in mind: an outcome that is attainable and understandable but manipulative for all students, 2)Make tough topics fun: sometimes all those old dead French guys (the Impressionists, the post-Impressionists, etc.), can be daunting..how to make them interesting? 3) Focus on standards; the Art standards revolve around the mediums, processes, history and vocabulary of the art room; most projects naturally involve all the standards. 4) Keep it Simple; instead of looking at a body of work, focus on a theme or one painting. 5) Start a project off with some fun: a movie, outside walk, game or dance (look at all the animals in a Marc Chagall painting;I and the Village); do the chicken dance, make a chicken hat). 6) Keep the project close to student's experience: learn about African American art and the Great Migration; have the student's painting show how his family came to this area, 7) Set deadlines...most of our work is done in a week (1 hr), but students are free to come in at lunchtime and work on it. 8) Balanced assessments: rubrics (1234), observation, portfolios.
9) End with some excitement: an online gallery of the student's work, an interview about the work 10) Test the project before you begin: Why should the kids have all the fun? I always try some of the materials, processes and ideas before presenting it to the class.

Project based learning is easy in the art room: The very nature of making art involves making choices, using natural curiosity, being a decision maker, being a problem solver, using creativity and resourcefulness. The possibilities of a partnership between technology and art are exciting and endless for making project based learning in the art room new and relevant.

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