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Exploring Studio Materials

Teaching Creative Art Making to Children

Mary Hafeli

Publication Date - December 2014

ISBN: 9780199975556

272 pages
Paperback
8-1/2 x 11 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $74.99

An alternative approach to teaching Pre-K-12 art that builds student creativity

Description

Exploring Studio Materials: Teaching Creative Art Making to Children is a transformative approach to teaching art in elementary and secondary schools. Based on the model of how real artists create their work, the text encourages teachers to work with the most common media and materials found in the Pre-K-12 curriculum. Hafeli provides a rich blend of real-life examples and suggested classroom activities in order to help fledgling art teachers learn how to implement creative arts programs that will produce exceptional results.

Rather than following a structure based on preconceived ideas, the book encourages experimental techniques with the materials that teachers commonly use in elementary and secondary classrooms. Therefore, teaching methodologies emerge from the activities themselves, rather than vice versa. Based on her own research, teaching, and contemporary approaches to arts education, this approach is an effective model for bringing artistic creativity into the school curriculum.

Distinctive Features
* Encourages teachers to work with the most common media and materials found in the Pre-K-12 curriculum
* Establishes a meaningful, organic, and creative process in which teachers are discovering along with students
* Includes a rich combination of real-life examples and suggested classroom activities

Features

  • Encourages teachers to work with the most common media and materials found in the Pre-K-12 curriculum
  • Establishes a meaningful, organic, and creative process in which teachers are discovering along with students
  • Includes a rich combination of real-life examples and suggested classroom activities

About the Author(s)

Mary Hafeli is Professor of Art and Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Reviews

"Hafeli's prose is accessible and inviting. She speaks to readers as though they are artists."--Stacey McKenna, Maryland Institute College of Art

"The author has a great background and is actually experienced in a hands-on way."--Susan Brewster, Michigan State University

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Rethinking the Role of Materials in Studio Practice
    Understanding Studio Practices
    Thinking Like an Artist
    From Material to Medium
    Material Memories
    Studio Materials in Teaching: Classroom Snapshots
    Seur-DOTS! with Ms. Gerardo
    Portrait Stereotypes with Mr. Cooley
    Winter Wonderland with Mrs. Brooks
    Expressive Painting with Ms. Angelo
    Encouraging Independent Artistry
    Exploring Materials as an Artist-Teacher: Getting Started
    Opening Up Possibilities and Becoming Experimental
    Documenting Material Insights: Setting Up Your Studio Journal
    2. Working Mostly Dry: Graphite, Charcoal, Pastels, Crayons, Ink
    Figuring out What Materials Can Do
    Choosing Materials, Supports, and Drawing Tools
    Drawing With Limited Colors
    Working Dry
    Adding Water
    Studio Reflections: Drawing with Limited Colors
    Drawing With Many Colors
    Working Dry
    Adding Water
    Studio Reflections: Drawing with Many Colors
    More Artists on Media
    Artist Profile: Rebecca Clark
    Artist Profile: Elaine Kaufmann
    Artist Profile: Jason D'Aquino
    Artist Profile: Ernest Concepcion
    Thoughts About Drawing as a Studio Practice
    Setting Up for Working With Drawing Materials
    Establishing a Climate of Experimental Inquiry
    Matching Time Allotted and Processes of Working with Media
    Considering Students' Age, Physical Characteristics, and Prior Experience
    Balancing Efficiency with Student Autonomy
    Anticipating Mess and Planning for Clean-Up
    Reflecting On and Articulating Learning
    3. Working Wet: Tempera, Watercolor, Gouache, Acrylic, and Oil Paints
    Figuring Out What Materials Can Do
    Choosing Materials, Supports, and Painting Tools
    Experimenting With Paint
    Tempera
    Watercolor
    Gouache
    Acrylic
    Water Mixable Oil
    Mixing Painting and Other Media
    Studio Reflection: Paints
    More Artists on Media
    Artist Profile: Robin Arnold
    Artist Profile: Seamus O'Brien
    Artist Profile: Ben Campbell
    Artist Profile: Karla Wozniak
    Artist Profile: Elizabeth Gilfilen
    Thoughts About Painting as a Studio Practice
    Setting Up for Working With Painting Materials
    Establishing a Climate of Experimental Inquiry
    Matching Time Allotted and Processes of Working with Media
    Considering Students' Age, Physical Characteristics, and Prior Experience
    Balancing Efficiency with Student Autonomy
    Anticipating Mess and Planning for Clean-Up
    Reflecting On and Articulating Learning
    4. Working in Multiples: Printmaking
    Figuring Out What Materials Can Do
    Printing Surfaces and Supplies
    Experimenting With Printmaking
    Stamping
    Carved Blocks and Plates
    Collagraphs
    Stencils and Silkscreen
    Mixing Printmaking and Other Media
    More Ideas for Printmaking
    Studio Reflection: Printmaking
    More Artists on Media
    Artist Profile: Lauren Kussro
    Artist Profile:Anne Gant
    Artist Profile:Jill Parisi
    Artist Profile:Tamar Cohen
    Thoughts About Printmaking as a Studio Practice
    Setting Up for Working With Printmaking Materials
    Establishing a Climate of Experimental Inquiry
    Matching Time Allotted and Processes of Working with Media
    Considering Students' Age, Physical Characteristics, and Prior Experience
    Balancing Efficiency with Student Autonomy
    Anticipating Mess and Planning for Clean-Up
    Reflecting On and Articulating Learning
    5. Collecting, Altering, Layering, and Attaching: Collage
    Figuring Out What Materials Can Do
    Collecting Materials
    Experimenting With Collage
    Changing Materials
    Composing and Arranging
    Attaching
    Alternative Supports
    Mixing Collage and Other Media
    More Ideas for Collage
    Studio Reflection: Collage
    More Artists on Media
    Artist Profile: Barbara Campbell Thomas
    Artist Profile: Susan Reedy
    Artist Profile: Barbara Kendrick
    Artist Profile: Andrew Polk
    Thoughts About Collage as a Studio Practice
    Setting Up for Working With Collage Materials
    Establishing a Climate of Experimental Inquiry
    Matching Time Allotted and Processes of Working with Media
    Considering Students' Age, Physical Characteristics, and Prior Experience
    Balancing Efficiency with Student Autonomy
    Anticipating Mess and Planning for Clean-Up
    Reflecting On and Articulating Learning
    6. Forming and Building: Sculpture
    Figuring Out What Materials Can Do
    Collecting Materials
    Experimenting With Building and Forming
    Paper and Cardboard
    Wire, Mesh Screen, and Foil
    Papier-mâché and Plaster
    Wood and Natural Materials
    Found Objects
    Clay
    Mixed Media with Construction and Other Materials
    Studio Reflection: Forming and Building
    More Artists on Media
    Artist Profile: Deirdre Fox
    Artist Profile: Lois Schklar
    Artist Profile: Francesca Pastine
    Artist Profile: Leopold Van De Ven
    Artist Profile: Anat Shiftan
    Artist Profile: Morel Doucet
    Thoughts About Forming and Building as a Studio Practice
    Setting Up for Working With Construction Materials
    Establishing a Climate of Experimental Inquiry
    Matching Time Allotted and Processes of Working with Media
    Considering Students' Age, Physical Characteristics, and Prior Experience
    Balancing Efficiency with Student Autonomy
    Anticipating Mess and Planning for Clean-Up
    Reflecting On and Articulating Learning
    7. Articulating Studio Learning Outcomes and Planning for Meaningful Instruction
    Young Artists as Learners
    Overview of Artistic Development
    Sources of and Contexts for Young People's Art Ideas and Practices
    Developing Content for Art Lessons
    Artistic Ways of Thinking and Practice
    What Students Should Know and Be Able to Do
    In the Classroom: Planning for Teaching and Learning
    Planning Individual Lessons-Conceptual Components
    Planning Individual Lessons-Implementation Components
    Grouping Lessons in an Extended Curriculum
    In the Classroom: Fostering an Environment of Studio Inquiry
    A Final Word
    Bibliography
    Resources
    Index