As I’ve mentioned before, I am finishing up my teaching certification in art. I am currently taking a methods class that has been making me think about how I will teach art when I get the chance to run my own classroom. This week I spent a lot of time reading about teaching artistic behavior. I can’t believe that this way of teaching has been around for over 35 years and I am just now learning about it. If you are interested in teaching this way, I read a wonderful book this week by Diane B. Jaquith and Katherine M. Douglas called Engaging Learners Through Artmaking: Choice Based Art Education in the Classroom. I highly recommend it.
Choice-based art education regards students as artists and offers students real choices for responding to their own ideas and interests through art making.
- The student is the artist
- Students control subject matter, materials, approach
- Student beliefs drive work
- Students are self-motivated
- Experimentation and mistakes are honored
Results: personal work and deep learning
To learn more, visit Teaching of Artistic Behavior