National Arts Advocacy Week
This week has been national Arts Advocacy Week. As art educators we take this opportunity to remind everyone of the important role visual art plays in the lives of our children. How can art impact children? And, what lessons can children learn from art programs? As most of you know, I teach a class in art education at Oakland University. I'm including a link to a Power Point I presented to my students last week. The words of Elliot Eisner, a scholar and advocate for the arts, underscore this slide show - https://www.dropbox.com/s/5nsf5k6yva29quk/Eliot%20Eisner%27s%2010%20Lessons%20the%20Arts%20Teach.pdf
We are exploring this exciting element of art through painting in our Texture elective class. Our first step in this process was to mix modeling paste with acrylic paints and "under paint" our canvases. Artists in this class were given a choice of shapes and sizes of canvas boards. The elements of choice is essential in the creative process. During subsequent classes, our artists layered paint and carved into surfaces with tools. As we investigated the element of texture, we also explored color relationships, and arranged compositions. Rather than becoming concerned about the eventual outcome, I encouraged everyone to become immersed in the process of discovery. Later, as we reflected and revised, I was delighted by the unexpected and thoughtful results of the children's explorations.