CBMS Choice-Based Art Studio

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

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

NECAP: Standardized Testing 2013

Testing days test us all - not just the students. 
When students tumbled into art today they were off-schedule, arriving at unusual times after a jumbled morning of testing, recess and academics. Everything felt a little askew.

8th graders always start with a 5-minute "warm-up" in their sketchbooks, and today was no different. Starting class with a silent drawing helps transition students from out there" to "in here." Today the assigned sketch references their morning of testing:
The "5-minute sketch" helps transition students into the art studio
Soon Conestoga wagons, oxen and alien space-spiders appeared, some confidently, some tentatively, drawn in pencil in the sketchbooks, and we were ready to start another day in the studio.