Tuesday, August 30, 2022
I ran into a ceramicist at a Bastille Day party this summer who told me about meeting a blind girl. "I just wanted to make her a trophy!" she said. Clay trophies. Sounded like a fun project to kick off the school year.
The assignment began by discussing the purpose of education with my high school students. If they leave at the end of the year, the same people they are at the beginning of the year, than what's the point? Education is about learning, growing and becoming better humans. This led to a discussion about what they felt it meant to be a good person and what kind of attributes they wished to achieve.
Each student made a trophy that to give themselves at the end of the year after working for the next 10 months improving in their area of weakness. Two students want to be more outgoing and another more care free. Some students want to be more organized, empathetic, helpful, generous, or kind. We talked about what kind of symbols would embody those abstract traits before they hand built their clay trophies.
Character education can be taught through art, and you can bet I'll do my best to follow up with students on how they're doing on their goal, so that we get closer to the best possible versions of ourselves.
Friday, August 5, 2022
A field trip on the second day of school? Yep, because I don't mess around when it comes to using every school day for instruction. I took my new high school students just a few miles down the road to Macon Art Alliance, so they could experience an exhibit that was made just for them.
Touchable Perception, was a collection of masterpieces from art history, recreated in tactile form by local high school and college art students who wanted to make visual art more accessible for the Blind.