I always find myself rushing through centers because I tend to feel that we are not doing enough in the studio or I want to get some big ideas. This year I decided to take it slow after break and refresh on how to work at centers. I have been thinking about how to scaffold skills and routines more effectively for my students.
I thought about some simple questions to help our thinking and review.
1) How do artists draw and collage?
2) What do artists draw and collage?
I aligned how I wanted to teach the Studio Habits of Mind to each of these questions. I made a quick plan for each day to help us review and learn some new material about drawing and collage.
Of course, this looks very different for 1st and kindergarten. I am only working on drawing with them, and I spend much of my instructional time on developing craft.
I have noticed my students are fabulous at identifying and discussing a "Studio Habit of Mind", but continue to struggle on when to know to call on a habit to drive their creating process. How can I make my students more alert to utilize a Studio Habit? How will my students know when and why they need a specific habit?
I did some thinking about realized that my students needed a creative process or steps to help them place the habits. I really like Melissa Purtee's "Artistic Thinking Process". It is so simple and to the point. The image below is linked to her site.
I started a unit with my students working with Inspiration. We have been answering the questions: How do artists get inspiration? Where do artists get inspiration?
Students started off by creating a Goolge Slide of their inspiration. I make one slide show per class and each student has their own color. I also link their slide to their Padlet portfolio. We watched a short video on Youtube about the importance of having a Creative Bank Account. This was helpful in encouraging students to have more than one idea. (Thanks to the folks on the TAB facebook page that recommended this video.) I also show my class the first 2.5 minutes of Jim Carey's "I Needed Color". (There is a nude painting at the end of this video. Just to warn you!)
I add comments and links to their slides to add to their ideas and inspiration.
Through many of our class discussion, my students were noticing the use of certain Studio Habits of Mind during this inspiration step. I created a slide for them to sort and categorize the Studio Habits by most and least used during the inspiration phase. The students also had to work in groups to move the boxes. (I also teach technology, so I integrate the use of tech and collaboration as much as possible.) It was very interesting to listen to my students conversations and reasoning. Most students agreed that observation, understand art worlds, and stretch and explore should be in the most category. They thought develop craft should be in the least.
I hope you check out my new curriculum page. I have been working on a few projects for this part of the website. I have these fabulous one page guides on implementing the Studio Habits of Mind. They will give you quick ideas on how to use that habit in the classroom for k-5. I do think that these would work for any age, but I try to include what is grade level appropriate for younger children. I am also creating a standards made simple section. This is a spot for the standards explained and made easy!
k-5 Creative Design Teacher