I will be teaching studio art for ninth graders for the first time this year
and after talking to some people and looking at our state curriculum booklet,
I've come to the decision that I won't run it as a "free" type of studio
class. I just don't believe the 20 weeks in 7th and 8th grade art have given my
students the training to just go free and explore things in depth.
I plan to have them keep a visual journal to explore different media and
techniques, and have it count for 30% although I'm currently thinking about the
details. I will have projects but they will be more intense than 7th and 8th
grade projects. I'm also thinking of giving them a final project that is very
open with the thought that they'll use the semester's experience to enable
them to succeed with it.
I'm thinking of using text book readings from Art Talk to reinforce
P&Es as I'm teaching. Also thinking of having them do an artist research paper.
Would also like to cover aesthetics as well.
Our studio art is half-year only. I guess I'm going in the direction of a
more survey type of course. I'd love it to be more DBAE than just a pure studio
Just my take.