CBMS Choice-Based Art Studio

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

Friday, August 28, 2015

Welcome Back Artists!

Watercolor, offered in a variety of forms (watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons, liquid watercolor,  watercolor markers and pan watercolor sets), is featured this week in the Painting Center
The art studio is up and running - almost as if we never left! One thing about our choice-based studio is that once students know where everything, how things are used and cared for, and where to store work in progress, artmaking can begin. For the start of the school year, I am working with only 6th and 8th graders. These learners are already familiar with materials and routines, so we can step right back into the swing of things and start making art on the first day. 
By "A" grade 8                                                                               
My friend Clyde Gaw, a high school art teacher in Indiana, observes that artmaking in a choice-based studio can feel and appear "rhizomic" - a setting where ideas are brought together in a charged web of interconnection. It's good to be back in our lively studio-classroom where students  return to explore their ideas, test new possibilities and learn from one another.
The clay center is a favorite place for kinesthetic learners

A broken arm does not prevent "K" from preparing a new batch of alpaca wool for needle-felting.
 Welcome back artists!