I decided to take an Additional Qualification course this Summer. I pondered doing my Special Education Specialist but after some thought, I decided to do a course that I felt a strong passion, so I decided to take Visual Arts Part 1 at OISE.
Though I’m already at the top of the pay grid, and I already have my Drama Specialist and quite a few AQs under my belt, I wanted to take this course as means of supporting students in other ways that were hands-on and kinesthetic. Adding to my repertoire of strategies will only benefit students in the end, I figure. I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed my time doing this course and I learned not only about different art forms but also some of the technical stuff related to Visual Arts such as media, materials, equipment etc.
I wanted to share some of the work that I completed during our studio time. You’re so used to me showing off my student’s work, but this time, it’s my turn. 🙂 I included an explanation of the task, and ideas on how to integrate the activity with other curricular areas. (Some of my photography was a little off and I had to crop a few things so some of the art is not quite straight).
We were given an image and a word, and we had to demonstrate the combination of the 2 ideas into one. I had a picture of 2 bottles and the word “soft”. (Chalk pastels)
Group of 7
We had to choose a painting from one of the Group of 7 artists, and create a collage version using various paper and paint. I chose a painting from Lawren Harris.
(Torn magazines, wall paper, tissue paper, cardboard, watercolour)
Curriculum integration: Science (habitats, ecosystems)
We had to choose an object and rotate, transform, flip and manipulate it multiple times to create a piece of art. The focus was on the principal of design unity. I chose a clamp and coloured it in the style of Norval Morrisseau. (Pencil crayon, marker)
This task we had to think of a famous person (real or fictional), and create a chair that represents that person. Can you guess mine? It’s a Rob Ford chair. Tilt the chair sideways and it’s a gravy boat! I even tried to make the frame gold with cheap, tacky jewels. (Pencil crayon, frame is cardboard, acrylic paint, plastic jewels)
Curriculum integration: Language (e.x. Design a chair for a character in a novel, and justify the design choices).
We had an opportunity to experiment with watercolour paints and different techniques, which are written down on each mini-panel.
We were introduced to printmaking using styrofoam and softoleum. The middle image is created with regular markers on wet watercolour paper. The other 2 are more traditional using printmaking paint and watercolour paper.
Curriculum integration: Language (e.x. create 3 prints showing three settings of a novel), History, Social Studies (e.x. create 3 different scene from a particular period in time such as Canada before Confederation, at the time of Confederation and currently).