Choice-Based Art Education

Student vs Teacher Themes: Using Research in the Classroom

Concluding the 2017-18 school year, I noticed a trend forming in my 8th grade classes: soulless, uninspired artwork. A systematic change was needed along with a shift in my teaching practice. I believe that by 8th grade students should be using visual metaphors to form conceptual ideas while forming opinions regarding their experiences. Thus, I began to conduct research in…

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Choice-Based Art Education

Thinking of Theme

This year in my 8th-grade classes I am experimenting with providing a theme for students to create artwork from. I choose to conduct this research to examine the depth of ideas that motivate student artwork. After two years of creating their own themes based on personal interests, some 8th-graders seem to still be unmotivated, or stuck in a rut when…

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