CBMS Choice-Based Art Studio

CBMS Choice-Based Art Studio
CBMS Choice-Based Art Studio

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

An Artist's References

One advantage to being a learner in a choice-based art studio is predictability – students know that the tools and materials they need for their art will be available for them to access with autonomy, and because of this, they are able to plan for their work outside of class.

Part of this pre-planning sometimes involves rounding up needed references. In the case of the student pictured here, those references are contained within the artist’s journal she keeps at home, full of ideas, sketches and notes. She brought her journal to class early in the quarter because she knew it would help as she designed the cover for her portfolio.
Other students have brought in recycled objects for their sculpture-making, bits of Legos and other building toys to add to their inventions, and computer printouts, to name a few. Recently, the “things” that have been carried to the art studio have been assignments from other classes at CBMS. The studio has been alive with activity for two weeks, as a deadline approaches for a social studies project and a new IDU (“Interdisciplinary Unit”) is launched in Science (see photos below)

A Mummy for an 8th grade Social Studies final

Stencils for an earth-friendly, reusable bag project in Science

                                                              An ancient Aztec Temple