Students were first introduced to each of the eight Studio Habits of Mind. What do they mean to you? Where have you experienced these? How might you experience this in the art room?
Then, they dove in and tested each for themselves.
At the "Observe" station, students looked through a microscope at slides borrowed from the science department. As they looked closely they made observational drawings about things they saw.
At the "Stretch and Explore" station, students were to spin a spinner and then create a sculpture with materials that were provided.
At the "Express" station, students drew a word from a bag and then had to figure out what that would look like as a visual image.
For "Develop Craft," students went to the painting station, started with primary colors and mixed three or more new colors that were then added to the community color wheel.
At the "Envision" table, students selected three Story Cubes, rolled the dice and then had to picture in their heads what that story might look like and then draw it in their sketchbooks.
To "Engage and Persist" students worked as a team to build the tallest tower out of foam blocks. Everyone in the group had to participate and every block had to be used. The tallest tower was over 4 feet high!
In the end, students "Reflected" in their sketchbooks. The question was asked, What order do you think an artist would use those habits and why do you feel that way? While there was no correct answer, it was interesting to hear what students had to say.
The Studio Habits of Mind will be used throughout the semester to help students reflect in their blogs.