By Charlotte Mayo March 31, 2019
Creativity and collaboration are the soul of a makerspace. This year we have had three major art projects. We started the with Piet Mondrian and learning about abstract art, balance, and what outlines contribute to the quality of our art. Our Kandinsky art brought us the knowledge of creating mood and emotion with color as well as the use of concentric circles. These seemingly simple patterns have provided the foundation of our art unit this year and prepared us for pop artist’s James Rizzi’s busy cities.
Through a spiral review of terms and elements of the art students discovered with their “I spy sneaky artist eyes” how to apply what they already know to Rizzi’s art by doing compare and contrast of the different artists works.
Once we see the simple shapes we have learned and the magic of the art we already know how to create, we use instructional art to develop steps to create our own art. Students have instructions, but the most beautiful part of their art is the communication that happens on the second day of drawing. Once students have started, they are placed next to someone that is doing something very differently then they are. This allows for additional creativity and high levels of collaboration It’s easy for kids to fall into the trap of doing exactly like their friends, or just following the exact instructions, but when we see the beauty of unique ideas we gain better understanding of each other and develop as better artists!
Other great things that students are discovering during our art project:
- 3rd grade found that adding detail to our art is very similar to adding detail to our writing. Friends can help us make better creative connections and develop our creative details. I was so happy to see them make a cross curricular connection and seeing the wonder on their faces of how I knew what they were working on in the classroom! Their teacher was absolutely beaming!
- 1st grade and 4th were so excited to have an outline to see the Alamo and loved creating some serious Texas Rizzi Cities! Proud teachers enjoyed seeing students sharing some interesting talks about the Alamo and remembering facts while drawing.
We all have influence on each other and we become more creative when we share our creativity with others. This is what a school makerspace is all about!