Teaching Tuesdays – Commodification and the Road to Re-appropriation of The Hopi Identity

Introduction Commodification of devotional artworks diminishes their original meanings. Colonialism and institutional practices have for centuries eroded cultural identity associated to these traditional art forms and diluted their intended meanings. Looking at the history of the Hopi Kachina dolls and the greater significance of Kachinas to the Hopi people, we can better appreciate what has … Continue reading Teaching Tuesdays – Commodification and the Road to Re-appropriation of The Hopi Identity

Making Colours Workshop

In a recent peer workshop, one of my fellow student-teachers proposed making paints out of sustainable materials. No stranger to making watercolours and ceramic stains out of natural pigments, I was intrigued by how she would turn these into "acrylics". I took careful pictures of the recipes (she took from the internet): coffee grounds and … Continue reading Making Colours Workshop

Teaching Tuesdays: Subtle Tones Lesson Plan

RATIONALE: The Students are in a community art program, ages 5 to 7 years old, multi-lingual, multi-cultural.The students will demonstrate the ability to express a unique vision of their own reality.The students will demonstrate the ability to let go of outward observation and trust their inner process (instincts & imagination) while freely exploring the materials. Modigliani … Continue reading Teaching Tuesdays: Subtle Tones Lesson Plan

Teaching Tuesdays: CRT: Culturally Responsive Teaching

Introduction The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the idea that CRT isn’t a static definition; rather it must be an ever evolving practice of awareness of self and others, with the goal of building a community of learners. In reading through Stevenson’s article: Social Emotional Learning and Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching Practices … Continue reading Teaching Tuesdays: CRT: Culturally Responsive Teaching

The Practice of Teaching… Art

What I learned (& taught) in school this week... We had a peer workshop set up this week: 6 stations for 6 groups... each instructor would teach the same workshop 6 times... Are you confused by the math, yet? Let me make it simple. I taught the same workshop to six groups made up of … Continue reading The Practice of Teaching… Art

The Parrot Pig – AKA Looking For Strange

Recently trying to figure out a really quick and fun art activity for an upcoming lesson plan, I started to squiggle on the page with black oil pastel. Originally, I intended to make a creature forest landscape out of it, but as I turned the page around to look at it from different angles, I … Continue reading The Parrot Pig – AKA Looking For Strange

Recognizably Unfamiliar

What I learned in class this week... Imagine yourself walking into class, as usual having little to no idea of what surprise activity the teacher has in store. The tables are clear, except for a single large sheet of brown paper on each. Some of your classmates are already sitting at the tables with their … Continue reading Recognizably Unfamiliar

Shared Lines

What I Learned In Class This Week... Another strange and wonderful homework from my drawing teacher this week. He asked us to create a drawing where all the lines were shared. I guess he saw the completely blank stares of many of my classmates, because he proceeded to explain and draw an example of a … Continue reading Shared Lines

My Favourite Street

What I learned in Class this Week.... We have been exploring different ways of teaching art and exciting the students to look at there world differently. One of the goals is to establish a safe classroom where there is no wrong answer and no self-expression is bad. There's a little more to it, but that's … Continue reading My Favourite Street

The Self-UnPortrait

What I learned in school this week... We were given only one prompt for this activity: "Shoot a self-portrait where you aren't directly in the shot." Of course hands flew up and questions were rapidly fired at the teacher, but he simply replied "you decide" and the questions stopped. Through the class discussion that followed … Continue reading The Self-UnPortrait