I am a docent with an all volunteer visual arts provider for a school
district in California. We give art history/appreciation lessons for grades K
In the past we have piloted an art journal that was handed out to all
students at the beginning of the school year and consisted of 10 - 15 minute mini
"hands-on" projects that reinforced whatever concept or lesson was presented
that month. This first attempt was, in my opinion, a glorified coloring book,
very directed and not requiring any creativity from the student.
We are attempting another try, this time we are providing basically blank
journals to the 3rd through 5th grade students. We are struggling with how much
direction we (the docents) should give. My idea is to use it as a tool to
record what interests the student about the lesson, what captures their
imagination. This could be words, sketches, lines, colors, shapes. Essentially, a
tool for personal response but also for beginning note taking. The journal
would be available for the student to use during the 25 - 30 presentation.
Allowing the student to doodle, take notes, sketch during the lesson will be a
foreign concept to many of our volunteers and I worry that it would not be
clearly explained and supported.
What do you think? Is this possible? Any other good ideas out there?