Posted by: dbjaquith | November 25, 2013

WOW Faire!

The classroom is set up like a gallery for our WOW Faire.

This morning the classroom is set up like an art gallery for our WOW Faire.

Among the many benefits of participating in an online

A boy shows his comic book to classmates.

A boy shows his comic book to classmates.

educator community is the opportunity to appropriate (art-talk for take) lesson ideas. My colleagues in Maine, Barb Berry and Robin Brooks, developed WOW projects for their students and shared these experiences on our choice-based art education forum. WOW stands for Wonderful Original Work. At Franklin School, we started WOW projects in grades 4 and 5 this fall.

Girls examine glazed ceramic WOW pieces.

Girls examine glazed ceramic WOW pieces.

Students selected a studio center focus for four classes. Among the choices this round were drawing, clay, 3D design, modular Origami, collage, tempera painting, and weaving. Students self-directed their work in one of these media with support from Ms. Jaquith, Ms. Beaty, and their classmates. Four Studio Habits of Mind provided a framework for learning: Envision, Stretch and Explore, Develop Craft, and Reflect. After four weeks, we celebrated with a whole-class sharing. Students circulated to see what each other had been doing over the past month. This is an artistic behavior–artists share and learn techniques, strategies, and ideas with each other. This type of collaborative practice is present in our art classroom as well.

Scale varied from small to large with 3D designs.

Scale varied from small to large with 3D designs.

3D designs showed innovation and resourcefulness.

3D designs showed innovation and resourcefulness.


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