Bridging the Gap Between Viewer and Artist
Why do you think this unit is a good possibility for your Course 5 project?
In the end – I don’t know if this is completely great unit for course 5, but I do see this as a great first step towards what I am hoping my course 5 project will become. As much as this is a push for me – in that the unit is new and completely different to anything I have undertaken in the end it really doesn’t make a huge leap in the SAMR scale. Really the major tech integration would be using a new app to create an advanced audio/video guide to an art exhibition. This being said – I have wanted to test this out and think it will be an excellent unit for my 8th Grade artists. I really want to give them the opportunity to experience art exhibitions in multiple platforms and therefore this face to face exhibition will be the stepping stone to a virtual one I will look to hold near the end of the school year.
Currently exhibiting at the art gallery in Abu Dhabi, is a show from the Guggenheim collection called “Seeing Through Light”. The exhibition is a series of European and American artists from the 50s and 60s minimalist movement. All of the works call on light as part of the piece whether it be perceived light or light acting on the space or artwork. I find it incredibly cool! I am not so sure what my students will think…..For this reason we will be heading out to the gallery to experience the artwork first hand as part of the prep for our exhibition. Students will have a chance to do a workshop, see the gallery and hopefully open their minds to minimalist art. What I envision happening is giving half of the students an audio guide which would contextualise the artwork for them, the other half will experience the artwork without. I can’t wait to hear what people’s perceptions are afterwards. Some the of the work on exhibit really is difficult to connect to and without context some pieces seem vague or difficult to read as art. I was visiting the exhibition the other day and I heard a visitor note “It just looks like a big Venn Diagram”….. I really want to get at bridging the gap between artist, artwork, and audience with this unit, and I think we can do it.
Like I said previously, this unit will be a precursor to that which I am planning for my Course 5 final project. A major goal of our Art department this year has been to increase the amount of peer feedback students are engaging in. We are using this feedback as formative and corrective assessments whereby other students have voice in helping one another in the learning process. We have had great success with this but now I sense it is time to take it to the next step. In my last post on a connectivist classroom – I asked if anyone would like to buddy up and have their art classes give feedback and comment on student art work, both through the working process and on finished pieces. Anne Driligen in our cohort agreed to join in the fun and she and I will be connecting our classes next term. Ultimately, students will share their student portfolios where they house images of their developing and finished artwork and then ask for feedback from students from the other school. From this online interaction of feedback and comments, I would like to see students selecting artworks, with the help of their buddies, which they would like to exhibit formally. This would ideally happen via the google cultural institute which has opened its virtual gallery doors to artists and schools out there. Alternatively we will craft a Google site which can be our virtual gallery platform. I really want my students to become curators, collaborators, and connected to other art students around the globe. If anyone else out there would like to be involved please let me know. The more the merrier – in fact I was hoping to set up a quadblogging sort of scenario if possible.
What shifts in pedagogy will this new unit require from you?
Well – in years past I would have done all of this work – now I am opening it up to students to do – I love it when curriculum takes on practical life experiences. Planning and implementing an art event is a great learning experience for my students, and I am looking forward to experiencing it from a different perspective this year.
What skills and/or attitudes will this new unit require from your students?
Patience, troubleshooting, collaboration, dedication, organization, an eye for detail, curation, – I love it – great things to be learned here.