*EDUCATION NOW! In this June 6 Edition, host Athena Melville welcomes
Charles Kouns and David Loitz to discuss their project Imagining
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“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions”
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Art gives young people the means to express and unleash their true potential! Tests on the other hand limits their expression to fit neatly on a scan tron. We choose art!
You should see how young people dream when we give them paint and a blank canvas to vision their ideal education in our listening session.
“Creativity is Contagious. Pass it on!” Albert Einstein
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Pass it On!
Process Board Project
I brought in a board about 4x2 feet that I painted white. Then offered a range of art materials including paint, glue and glitter and just let the children paint and explore the materials. We would then display their creation for a week or so and then I would take it home and paint it white again.
Then we started the process again. As the process went on, the board started to tell a story in textures and paint. Each layer told a story of the students process. I tried to talk to the children about the process of painting and the process of time and history. My goal was for the children to get a sense that often the process is more important than the final piece.
Here is a few pictures of the textures and the process…
After the year was over I took the painting home with all the layers and created a final abstract painting that played off the layers and textures of the paint. I envision it telling the historical story of a chalk board.
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"If teaching is art, then it comes down to the question of how artists hone their craft, and not only that, but how art itself progresses to more advanced and complex stages. Artists working in isolation, I would suggest, do not progress on average as fast or as far contrasted with artists working as members of communities of artists. Why is that so? Transfer of information. Artists share technique. They talk about it. They view others’ work and emulate what they like about it. They build on what has come before them, they partake of and contribute to advances in the technologies used by their art. If this were not so, art would not progress. The advent of perspective in European painting in the 13th and 14th centuries would not have evolved into what it is today – it would have to be re-created by each artist. And paint would still be the iron oxide, black manganese, and other mineral pigments used on cave walls by pre-modern-humans. And how do we account for art classes? And teaching schools?" -Aaron Eden
Take me here. It seems easier
This is my second favorite comment some one has posted on my picture above. I am glad people connect to it. My dream is to do a children’s book based on this drawings. The underwater picture I post before is connected to this piece… The red submarine is in both.
Also I often work on these when I am working with Elementary age kids. The kids love them, which makes a perfect transition to doing a project around cities and art. I actually created a Project based Learning outline based on these that included the use of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. If anyone is interested in it, I can share it.
Creating that, made me realized project can come from anywhere, both your students passions and your own. Passion begets Passion. Also Younger kids love to see adults doing work they love.
for more of my art see my blog (David Loitz’s Art Dream)
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“Is it possible that art is the answer?”
“A student from a few years ago created this video. I felt affirmed that we were doing something right in social studies by including the arts:”
(via John Spencer’s post The Real Reason for the Arts « Cooperative Catalyst)
When I first began my grad program, I had to watch this video in order to complete an assignment for my Arts and Education course.
It’s been on my mind recently and with all my new education friends on here, I had to share.
Watch this short but powerful video! I been thinking a lot about how adults’ fears impact our education system and how we interact with children… this video highlights it perfectly!