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Friday, November 27, 2020

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Art Teacher








Sunday, November 8, 2020

 Encouraging Your Little Budding Artist To Grow


Artists will grow with encouragement and affirmations. 

Recognize your child's efforts and progress. Teach them to value the creative process over the art products that they produce. Remember the value for children is in the process of exploration, and self expression and not a focus on a specific result or product. Accept the sometimes experimental works that children make and realize that play is part of the process. 

Show interest in your child's desire to create. Encourage individuality and allow them to express themselves in their own way. Children should be allowed to create their own imagery in their artworks and work in their preferred style. Compliment them, showcase their work, and support their choice to be an artist. 


Help your child develop an “I can do it!” attitude. Encourage your child to believe in themselves and develop an attitude of success. Children can gear themselves into action by telling themselves inspiring things and affirming their actions. As parents we can praise our children but when they affirm themselves it reinforces the behavior and improves their self-esteem.

Get Growing!

How To Help Yourself Grow As An Artist





Develop Craft

Learn to use tools, materials and conventions of art. Learn how to care for art materials, tools and your art making space. When you are developing as an artist, you improve your art skills through practice.


Engage & Persist 

Learn to embrace problems and develop focus regardless of the task. When you engage, you are focused on your work. When you persist, you stick with it and do not give up. 


Envision 

Learn to mentally picture what cannot be directly observed. Imagine what the next step would be. When you envision, you are picturing ideas in your mind. 


Reflect

Learn to think and talk with others about your work. Learn to evaluate your own work, as well as the work of others. When you reflect, you are looking back at the work you have made.



Stretch & Explore

Learn to reach beyond what you think is possible. Learn to playfully explore and embrace mistakes along the way. When you stretch, you are trying things you think might be difficult. When you explore, you are discovering new ideas and ways of working. 


Observe

Learn to look at things more closely, and thereby, see things that otherwise may not have been seen. When you observe, you take time to look at things more closely and notice details in your environment. 



Express

Learn to create art works that convey an idea, a feeling, or a personal meaning. When you express yourself artistically, you are visually communicating your ideas, beliefs and feelings. 


Understand Art Worlds

Learn to interact as an artist with other artists and within the boarder society. Learn about artists from the past and present. Learn the history of art to understand what other artists have created. Learn how to understand the roles of artists, galleries and museums. 



Create An Art Studio 

Give yourself a personal space for you to work on your art. A place that is just for you to set out your art materials and allows for freedom to get a little messy. 



Research topics on your favorite people, places, animals and things. This will help you to develop your own choice of subject matter in your work. Allowing you to create art about what interests you personally. 


Art Supplies 

Experiment with new supplies and learn new art techniques. 

     


Practice your art skills. Practicing leads to mastery. Mastery allows you to create artworks of quality and fine craftsmanship. 


Use A Sketchbook 

This is a book for collecting quickly drawn ideas and thoughts that can be elaborated and refined into works of art at a later point. 


Take Art Classes 
Learn from master artists so you can improve and grow as an artist. Learning from master artists has been a long standing tradition in the art community. 


Studio Habits To Develop



  • I can improve my art skills through practice. 

  • I can learn to use and care for the tools, materials, and the art studio. 

  • I can stay focused, and not give up even when it's difficult. 

  • I can learn from my mistakes. 

  • I can come up with with original ideas for my art by using my imagination.

  • I can make art about the things that I care about or that express my feelings. 

  • I can learn to look more closely at things and see their details. 

  • I can think about my art and the art of others and share my thoughts and suggestions. 

  • I can do things that my be too difficult for me. 

  • I can discover new ideas and different ways of working.

  • I can learn about artists and what they do in the world.


How To Talk To Your Children About Their Art

Written By: Ruth Post


Source: Hetland, Lois. Studio Thinking 2: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education. 

                     New York: Teachers College Press; Reston, Virginia: NAEA, National Art Education Association, 2013.




Saturday, September 26, 2020

 Clay & Creativity


Creativity is the act of conceiving something new and original. It is expressing one's own ideas, trying new things, and experimenting with new materials. One of the best ways to develop creativity in children is to introduce them to new tools and materials, and possible ways to use them. Then give children time to create and see what they can come up with. Here are some clay tools that lend themselves to some great experimenting. 


How does the creative process work?


The creative process teaches the thinking skills children need in order to make art personal, meaningful, and in their own unique style.


The Creative Process Steps:

#1 Think Of An Idea - Where do ideas come from?


Use Your Imagination 

Imagination is the ability to see pictures in your mind. It enables us to reach beyond the limits of the practical here and now into an area where anything is possible. 

    

Use Observation

Observation is the ability to pay close attention to what is being perceived. 

The characteristics of objects are carefully examined and recorded.


Use Your Memory

Memory is the ability to recall to mind facts previously learned or past experiences. 


Express Your Feelings

Feelings are an emotional reaction to people or events in the world around us.


 #2 Make A Plan 

Once you have an idea, make a visual sketch of your idea on paper. This will help you to think of details that can be included in your finished work. Determine which design elements and principles you will use as part of your plan.

#3 Create Your Artwork

Gather the materials and tools you will need to make your artwork. Then execute your idea. 


#4 Reflect 

When you are just about to put your finishing touches on your artwork, evaluate what you have done so far. You can ask someone to give you feedback about your work. Have them tell you what they feel your artwork communicates. Ask them what they think needs to be done to your artwork to improve it or to make it better communicate your intended idea. 

                    


   #5 Share Your Artwork

Art communicates an idea or feeling about the world around us and its nice to share that self expression with others. You can display your artwork for others to view and enjoy.  You can include an artist statement that tells viewers about your intent behind creating your artwork.  


      

What is creative thinking?


The process of becoming a creative thinker is dependent upon the development of these four basic creative thinking skills:


Fluency

The ability to think of lost of possibilities or answers. Brainstorming is one way to become more fluent.


Flexibility

The ability to find ways to change ideas. You have the ability to shift gears and take detours in your direction of thinking. Flexibility requires a variety of thought categories and the ability to shift from one category to another to generate more ideas.


Originality

The ability to create unique and unusual ideas.


Elaboration

Taking an idea and stretching or expanding it by embellishment. 



How do you generate creative ideas?


Brainstorm

The way to generate a wealth of creative ideas in a very short time. 


Guidelines for productive brainstorming:

Be Open 

Do not judge ideas as they come up. Accept all suggestions, even if they seem silly or stupid.

Aim For Quantity

Accumulate ideas as quickly as possible, encouraging both obvious and unusual ideas.


Research

The collecting of information about a particular subject. 


Ways to help aide research with children:

Observation 

Provide whenever possible the real subject being studied for children to look at and examine closely.  

Visuals 

Provide visual reference materials such as photographs and reproductions of the subject being studied.  


Inspiration

The idea that influences your creative mind’s activity. 



The 4 Stages of Creative Thinking

Preparation

Involves collecting knowledge and information for the problem to be solved. 


Incubation

Involves resting and relaxing to allow images from the subconscious to surface. During this sitting and thinking time, the creative thinker starts visualizing parts of the idea or solution. 


Illumination

This may come suddenly and unexpectedly. The idea or solution just pops into your brain. The light bulb goes off over your head and you experience an “AHA” moment!


Verification 

Involves carrying out an idea or solution to see if it really works. 


How can you help children tap into and nurture their creativity? 


Think of your children as works in progress. Children are in the process of growing themselves. Reflect this back to them by making a safe place in which to explore a range of ideas, art materials, techniques and develop artistic skills through trying new things and practicing newly acquired skills. Help children discover the world of creative thinkers. Share information about creative people and how they work. Introduce children to famous artists and their creative processes. Provide a relaxed and non-threatening climate and you will nurture the child’s creative potential. Promote such habits as, exploring, imagining, and equating thinking with playing.


Provide children with playtime. Play is a means by which children develop their physical, intellectual, emotional, and social capacities. It also provides a state of mind that, in adults as well as children, is uniquely suited for high-level reasoning, insightful problem solving, and all sorts of creative endeavors. 


One reason why play is such an ideal state of mind for creativity and learning is because the mind is focused on means. Since the ends are understood as secondary, fear of failure is absent and children feel free to incorporate new sources of information and to experiment with new ways of doing things.


This point about the mental state of play is very important for understanding play’s value as a mode of learning and creative production. The alert but unstressed condition of the playful mind is precisely the condition that has been shown repeatedly, in many psychological experiments, to be ideal for creativity and the learning of new skills. 


Approach art like open-ended play. Provide a variety of materials and see what happens as the child leads the experience. Children will be able to explore, create art from their interests and express their feelings. 



Creativity Builders

    Exposure

   Provide children with repeated exposure to creative activities.


   Materials

   Provide children with different kinds of media, so children can create many  types of artworks. 

 

   Choices

   Provide children with open-ended creative experiences where the child directs the learning experience. Let the child take the lead and play around.


   Encourage Individuality 

   Children should be allowed to create their own imagery in their artwork. Give them the freedom to choose their own style. Creativity means having the power to express yourself in your own way. 


   Personal Space

   Provide children with space to create, take risks, make mistakes and even get a little messy. 


   Value the creative process, not the product.

   Remember the value for children is in the process of exploration, and self expression and not a focus on a specific result or product. Accept the sometimes experimental works that children make and realize that play is part of the process.


   Motivation

   People will be most creative when they feel motivated primarily by interest,  enjoyment, satisfaction and challenge of the work itself.


   Adequate Time

   The crucial element in cultivating creativity is time; open-ended time

   for the child to savor and explore a particular activity or material to 

   make it their own. Adequate time on a creative project leads to flow state. The ultimate state of creativity is called flow. In flow, time does not matter. There exists a state of complete absorption in which all self-consciousness disappears. The creator is so thoroughly and enjoyable engaged in an activity that nothing else seems to matter.



Written by Art Teacher Ruth Post