Choice Based Art

  • Art is all around us! The clothes we wear, the cars we drive, the buildings we live in, work in, & shop in, the furniture we sit in, the devices we use - have all been designed by artists. 

         

    The arts develop curiosity and strong creative thinking skills, which are required for success in most professions. 

    What better way to foster this type of thinking than with a curriculum that is Choice-based?


    Even though past art lessons were open-ended, and students were encouraged to approach them in their own way, they were still doing a teacher's project, and needed to show what the teacher demonstrated.

    This year students will experience what it feels like to think like an artist. Students will experience what it's like to generate an idea, explore materials, problem solve, persevere, edit, & reflect! Teaching with choice means that students choose what to work on. The Art Studio is set up with tables as centers for mediums like drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, fiber arts, and printmaking. Centers are introduced slowly in the beginning of the year, with mini lessons on techniques or skills. In fact, every class will begin with a lesson or demonstration about techniques, or art history/artist study, or art elements/concepts.

    Students then plan new artwork, or continue their artwork from a previous class, and choose their medium(s). Students work at their own pace.Artwork made in a Choice-based environment will be authentic children's art. It may not look polished or pretty (or it might!), but it will be full of energy and passion. In a quality art education program, the learning is in the process, not the product.

    "Through choice we are teaching our students how to think creatively. Students develop a style of their own because they come to understand that art comes from within themselves and that the art problems that interest them are valuable."  

    ~Anne Bedrick, Art Teacher and Author, Choice without Chaos

    Learn more about what this type of learning looks like by viewing these links:

    Click to view information about T.A.B. Teaching for Artistic BehaviorTM organization
    Click to view a pdf article on Visit to a Choice Based Art Classroom by Katherine Douglas
    Click to view a pdf article on Art History from Inside Out by Nan E. Hathaway