Posted by: dbjaquith | May 29, 2014

Observations of Spring

Lilacs at the painting studio inspire students to observe through sight and scent.

Lilacs at the painting studio inspire students to observe through sight and scent.

Flowers2The Studio Habit of Mind (Hetland, et. al., 2007), OBSERVE, is activated whenever artists notice the world around them through their senses. In a recent class conversation students realized that watching (TV and other media) is not the same thing as observing the world carefully. Seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching allow the senses to inform the artist about nuance. “What did you observe this week at home?” Students respond that they observed new flowers and leaves, rabbits and birds, clouds, sunsets, rain, cars and other people. The powers of observation enable artists to entertain themselves wherever they are!

First grader's interpretation of T-Rex from observation of a plastic model.

First grader’s interpretation of T-Rex from observation of a plastic model.


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