Posted by: dbjaquith | November 25, 2013

What Does Learning Look Like in Art Class?

A kindergarten student practices drawing by repeating shapes and lines.

A kindergarten student practices drawing by repeating shapes and lines.

Not everything that students create in art class is intended for exhibition. In fact, very little is made by children with their intent to have their work viewed by anyone other than classmates, teachers, and parents. In Art and Fear (1993, p. 5), Bayles and Orland state: “The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork is simply to teach you how to make the small fraction of your artwork that soars.” Children know this and trust that they can have some say about the disposition of their work once it is completed. Time for practice, making mistakes and learning from them, taking risks without first knowing how something might come out are among the ways students stretch and explore in art class. Most artwork goes right home after being photographed for our online gallery (Artsonia.com) and a small fraction is saved for exhibition. These displays are representative of the types of work all children do at Franklin School.


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