One of my favorite new courses I have created at my school is the Art of the Sketchbook. This year, I had an opportunity to teach this a second time and to collaborate with another teacher at my school who is an english teacher. Together we worked to help our students in this course develop a strong creative habit of using their sketchbooks as a way to see and understand the world through both images and words. The images below are from my own sketchbook as I worked along with my students throughout the course.
Here’s a quick peek at one of my students working on his perspective drawing installation.
This class was challenged to choose one word to illustrate in response to the question, How has your boundaries and borders changed this year at school?
The overall theme for this course is boundaries and borders.
Today was pretty awesome as I worked with students to put up two quick art installations around school. The first was a tape drawing installation where students recreated blind contour studies of birds from their sketchbooks. The students were very skeptical at first, but after the experience I kept seeing them showing their work to their friends. I think they were surprisingly pleased by their tape drawings.
Second, a pair of students and I utilized laser cut stencils to create an interactive installation for an upper school student event tonight. The stencils and the crushed chalk worked just as planned.
Today, I finally felt like this new community got a glimpse of what I bring to the table and how I hope to make the Arts shine brighter throughout the school. It was a good day.
Here are the final shots of the new installation. The work displayed documents the Fall final project in my Painting & Drawing class, in which they played the game ‘Eat Poop You Cat.’