Arts Education

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Nora Mountain

Kirsten Paterson attended the art workshop with Nora Mountain, for those of you who couldn’t make it this time around, you should definitely try and make it to her next one. At the workshop we focused on “Portraits” through great artists, such as, Amedeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso. We all made our own portrait bases on their styles. In addition, Nora brought some of her students’ work. I have downloaded these pictures for you to see. Also, I was recently in a grade 8 Speical Needs classroom and we did the Amedeo Modigliani Portraits

Picasso Portraits (made by PITA workshop attendees)
If Picasso made witches (Nora’s students’ work)

Amedeo Modigliani Portraits (made by Nora’s students work)

Amedeo Modigliani Portraits (made by workshop attendees)

Ray Myrtle recommends Drawing with Children by Mona Brooks as a great intermediate resource for beginning teachers.
I recently received this recommendation from Ray and in addition to being excited about finding this resource, I was also really excited when I searched online for more information about it and found Using Drawing with Children , which is a chronicle of one parent’s experience with the book.

While this site was great to reference, it also had links to other art with children web sites like Art & Learning to Think , -which is a bit more on the philosophical side but sound educational thinking for any subject, Homeschool Printables by Donna Young, -which has Blackline masters for many subjects including art, and Art Projects for Kids , which is wonderfully broken down into age/grade appropriate levels and offers clear and simple instructions on how to facilitate the projects with a class.

Marjo Thompson (West Kelowna BC) recommends: A wonderful site with many (free) simply amazing art lessons to consider trying out with your students:
–I mentioned it as a link on my own little website of art projects I have done with my daughters (definitely a work in progress but there are a few nice ideas here also:

Nicole found some cool ‘sidewalk’ art- these pictures might be used to inspire students, and also to help them examine perspective. See the zip file for more fantastic examples.


Craig Horsland Art Page

Craig has been a career teacher, a frequent presenter at PITA Conferences, and a past sessional lecturer for the West Kootenay Teacher Education Program (UBC).

Sept 13:
I suggest keeping to wax crayons, pencil crayons, and pencils for
a few weeks until you know your class, can find ALL the supplies you need,
and have established clear routines. The TOYS project involves the
children, develops enthusiasm, and will help you discover a little more
about each child. As the teacher I always organized a box of toys myself
just in case the children did not bring enough. As well, remind the
children to bring their BIGGER toys. Contour lines are single lines
similar to comic strip lines without the colour. You might find these
useful even though you aren’t creating a cartoon picture. The children
can then colour their drawings. Have a great time and a wonderful year!
-CraigDrawing Crayons & Scratchboard.pdf
Drawing Strategies – page 1.pdf
Toys, Toys, and More Toys.pdf

More ideas from Craig:
Paper Mache Horsland.pdf.part

Here’s a package Craig created for early career teachers:
Art Projects for PITA’s Early Career Teachers.pdf

Creativity 101


Jodie Mason

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F19: Creativity 101 (Destination Imagination) / Faith Garriock
(recorded during the PITA Fall Conference Oct 08 in Kelowna)
Teamwork & Creative Problem Solving: Focusing on listening/communication skills and suspending judgment of ideas in order to explore alternative possibilities.
Process oriented: Focusing on the thinking/collaborative thought process rather then the final product. A great way to do this is have students working on projects where the final product is unknown ( this helps them avoid settling on one idea and fosters the habit of life long learning/development). Another process is to generate abundances of ideas and then have the individual/group/class refine the list to a manageable number and brainstorm again on ideas related to the refined list. Let the class know that it is positive to recombine or adapt previous ideas to form new ones and encourage students not to become attached one any single idea at this stage but to explore many possibilities. Self assessment and peer feedback is can in great assessment for learning tools in terms of having student think about the creative process. Recap Questions: What did it feel like when you had many ideas occurring to you? What did it feel like if you ever got stuck? What helped you get unstuck and continue generating more ideas?
Promotes educational goals: academically based + focused on different areas, research component, improvisational component, International themes
Time management
Personal + group aptitudes
Instant Challenges: Focusing on creative fluency (developing ideas quickly while suspending judgment) timed challenges, improvisation

  • Ex. Building a tower with unconventional materials

Team Challenges (Tournament): Project based, presentation, over an extended period of time
Side Trips: opportunity for teams to discover + showcase individual/collective interests

  • Ex. Compose music, perform drama, create artwork, etc.

Fun: engaged learners
Community-based, school-friendly
Generating + focusing tools: paired comparison analysis, morphological matrix, stimulating stems
Brainstorming: using post-it notes (generate + focus)
Praise phrases + killer statements
SCAMPER: analysis tool



Music Page

Carnegie Hall has created resources for teaching Gr. K-5 music.
Thanks to Mark Douglas, music teacher in Burnaby for the link.
Ray thinks this could be the kind of resources available for all teachers.