ART. My heart is happy just thinking of loose parts and art supplies: rocks, gems, stones, paint, ribbon, yarn, crayons, chalk, markers, pencils, foil, paper, tissue paper. Chaos!
Part of my transformative journey in education is to vow to make art an integral part of every lesson…every part of learning.
Through art, students express themselves in ways that words do not allow. Students grasp concepts through art. As a beginning artist (I believe we all have an artist deep inside), I’m allowing myself to take my time as I sketch or paint a picture to show my own journey as an artist to my students.
One of my students favorite learning experiences is drawing or painting themselves, making portraits. I’ve seen great growth in this area and when a child draws themself, you are able to look into a deeper part of their being.
I recently began bringing out a mirror for students to look at as they create their portraits. My three year old student even used the mirror as she painted herself. Such brilliance!
Art cannot be separated from academics. It’s one of the main languages of the human.