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Today we made a lot of progress sharing what inquiry techniques we have been using. I enjoy hearing the techniques media being used and how each of our processes are different. Brian was focusing on art as a business and the ins and outs of  creatting supply and demand. Amanda was story boarding with collaborative groups with her third graders. Amber discussed how her students could add music to Amanda’s stop motion animation. Angie shared her installation art experience with her students and how to try out the lesson with the next group of students. Carol shared her clay lesson experience where she used a video to show techniques and gave her students longer work time . I was able to share my own experience with cool colors and warm color painting techniques also a torn paper Christmas tree turned out well. It was interresting
seeing and hearing everyone’s processes, they gave me ideas as well as inspired me to try new types of inquiry.

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Today we made a lot of progress sharing what inquiry techniques we have been using. I enjoy hearing the techniques media being used and how each of our processes are different. Brian was focusing on art as a business and the ins and outs of  creatting supply and demand. Amanda was story boarding with collaborative groups with her third graders. Amber discussed how her students could add music to Amanda’s stop motion animation. Angie shared her installation art experience with her students and how to try out the lesson with the next group of students. Carol shared her clay lesson experience where she used a video to show techniques and gave her students longer work time . I was able to share my own experience with cool colors and warm color painting techniques also a torn paper Christmas tree turned out well. It was interresting
seeing and hearing everyone’s processes, they gave me ideas as well as inspired me to try new types of inquiry.

First off, I found it strange that the author of this writing posed as a high school student.  I believe it would have been a much more powerful and persuasive article if it was an actual student’s thought process.  Although  the journal entries are based on prior research, and an actual assignment based on Mr. R’s classroom. I feel that the writing style gives it less validity.

The actual content and “golden thread”  of  informing your art work seems to be a great teaching strategy that allows for DBAE style of teaching.  Also it enables students to see how art is related to the world around us. Researching artist and artistic themes opens up students to the work and choices that help them see deeper insight into their own work. I liked that each day in class they build on the previous, from figure drawing, to critique, to research, and then painting. It can be easy not to make connections in art class, especially if  it is a product based style of teaching.

I’ve been trying to figure out ways to incorporate student research into my classroom, however I have no more tables  and only one internet connection. I recently had my students divided into collaborative teams to find out information about printmaking artists. I gave each group a manila envelope with visuals, and a variety of artist biographies per artist, and they made artist fact cards with their research.  I try to help my students inform their work with videos. When I started to teach my elementary kids about printmaking I used a short video http://www.5min.com/Video/Inspiration-of-a-Printmaking-Artist-391422143 they seemed to like it especially be interested because the artists subject was animals.

As I read the quotes the one I felt I was immediately able to respond to is number six. I was intrigued by the idea of inquiry being described almost as a “life’ by using the words characteristics. Character is not something that is natural for everyone, but is often learned through testing and difficult situations. The definition of characteristic is:
: a distinguishing trait, quality, or property ; is used mainly for people, but when learning is ‘people based’ instead of exam based, it enables the discovery of information. This discovery, if occurring on a regular basis, births in a learner tools such as problem solving skills, and thinking that is greater than a linear perspective.
Even though the process of inquiry is very free at times, most inquiry bases lessons have a question to ask or a problem to solve. As a teacher I find that the characteristic I find used in my teaching is asking questions or having my students respond to questions that they ask themselves. “whats in the foreground?”, what time of day is it in your drawing”, what is the mood of your subject?”. As I prompt my students with a question, their response becomes richer and they seem to have a greater connection to the creative process.

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