I like to ask a big question at the start of each year (or trimester, in this case). It is interesting to see how student artists respond to big questions. In the past I have asked: “What is Art?” or “Why make art?” Once I asked “What is the purpose of art.”
This year I realized that the 8th graders, for the first time in this school, are ones I “raised” from 5th graders 3 years ago. These are my 8th graders. And, the incoming 5th graders have just come from an elementary program where choice-based art was introduced last year. So these 5th graders are the first batch of kids I have ever received who have had a prior experience in a student-directed studio art setting. Exciting stuff!
So the question I asked was easy for my students to answer: WHAT KIND OF ARTIST ARE YOU?
|Some 5th Grade responses|
|Some 8th grade girls' reponses|