I like this idea and am going to try and adapt/incorporate it into my ninth grade English class.
---- "firstname.lastname@example.org" wrote:
> I start the year with labels posted around the room:
> (these can vary and I intentionally leave out "express myself" as that seems to be the general, vague "go to" answer and I want to open up other thinking)
> convey a message
> elicit an emotion
> record an event
> tell a story
> illustrate every day life
> communicate a belief
> Students move to the area of the room with that label in response to questions such as:
> Of the art you are familiar with, they are mostly about.......?
> I am most likely to make art to.... or that is about......?
> I would never make art to.... or that is about......?
> After each question, students discuss in the small groups and then report out to the class for discussion. Then another question is posed. These discussions are lively and eye-opening.
> In a predominately student centered curriculum our guiding question is "Why do artists make art?" (and then how do they). I want to be the guide that encourages them to make art about what they want, learn to discern the best media for that and help with building the skills necessary.