|Shanghai World Expo: Chinese Pavilion Student Exhibit, |
student artist, age 8
When you keep a few essential ideas in mind, your students can be on the road to global competency, while practicing skills and learning new concepts in reading, writing and math. Encourage curiosity; help students to investigate the world beyond their immediate environment. Show an interest in multiple perspectives, model asking the question “whose perspective is that?” Create a classroom environment where students have the opportunity to communicate their ideas effectively with diverse audiences. Where students discover the need for change, help them take action.
Begin this study with a discussion about art. What is art? Who makes art? Is art important? Why or why not? Most young students will have had some first hand experiences creating art, and I try to follow up a discussion with an opportunity to make art.
Follow up the art project with a writing activity where students can write about the art they created. As the weeks go on students can have a chance to write about each other’s artwork. Practice communication skills by pairing students and asking the first one to make a drawing and then describe the drawing to the partner, using only words to suggest shapes and lines or even colors, but not content. The listener will attempt to make the same drawing from the directions.
This is a great time to do some measurement and geometry during math time. Picasso’s art and Cubism use geometry to transform reality. The exploration of color and color mixing are science topics to include.
|Visual art class at the Children's Palace, Shanghai|
Ask your school librarian for help and visit your local public library to create a special resource section in your classroom for books about artists and making art. Small reading groups can become class experts on different artists and make a presentation about them. Be sure to include your school art teacher as well.
|Self-portraits with writing|
You are invited to participate in an exciting new project to transform the teaching and assessing of key skills in students of all ages. EdSteps is collecting samples of work that demonstrate global competence as part of a ground breaking effort to assess student performance using real examples of work done by students and professionals from across the nation and throughout the world. This site also provides a Global Competence Matrix to measure the global competency of students. Note the EdSteps link under Helpful Links.