Teaching Making

Experiments in Art and Education

March 8, 2012
by Professora de Arte
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mediums as message

Paola has been researching the use of make-up by women. To cover and conceal.  She has been experimenting with using make up as a medium. This is her first image-less work.  It is a very nice exploration of medium as message.

February 3, 2012
by Professora de Arte
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IB 2 Critique

This was our first IB critique of the quater.  Of course we only got through 3 of the 5 students.  There always seems to be so much to say.  The student have really internalized the 4 step method to criticism and embraced the idea of what we have been calling the “silent critique”.  The maker is not permitted to talk. The rest of the class goes through the 4 step process of description, analysis,  and interpretation and judgement. Ultimately the maker can ask 3 questions of the class if we did not address an area of the makers concern. I find this method helpful at this level of IB because often critiques turn into the maker talking about what they “coulda, shoulda, woulda,” instead of the thing they did (the art work).

Overall the observation and perception abilities of the students in this class have grown so much since the beginning of the year. So much so that, we are able to have incredibly sophisticated conversations during these critiques which leaves me feeling drained but so inspired.

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