“My job is not to produce answers. My job is to produce good questions.” ~Glen Lignon, contemporary artist When I first told my students we were going to be studying contemporary artists to help us think about teaching, they were understandably perplexed. My students, who are high school seniors interested in becoming teachers, wondered (a) […]
In encouraging my students to embrace an arts integrated pedagogy in their future classrooms, I’ve been forced to recognize and acknowledge their anxiety about making art and facilitating arts-based lessons. This has left me pondering a question that kept surfacing throughout the year: Do you have to be an “artist” to make art?
Most of the high school seniors enrolled in my early pre-service teacher preparation program had never kept a sketchbook, so when we handed them out early last school year, they were curious, but many were also confused and intimidated. While some immediately started doodling and sketching, others shouted out questions and self-deprecations: “What do sketchbooks […]
Before class one day, I watch my student Jessica fill in what appears to be an abstract shape on mylar with black sharpie, and I can’t help but wonder what she’s drawing. I can’t quite see it yet, but she shades with concentration, ignoring her classmates who chat across the tables. Class begins with general […]