If you're going to spend the month making clay bowls that *look like* fruit...you start your class by observing a bunch of fruit! (This one of our K/1st grade class)
There's no step-by-step process to our classes. The curriculum just isn't written that way. I know we're different. Maybe a little strange compared to other art studios out there. But hear me out:
In our curriculum, we present a general theme. We study it (like fruit). We observe. We brainstorm. We form ideas. We learn skills to better use the media and take care of our supplies. As individuals, we create our art. Each one is different. We solve the problems as they arise. We learn from the creations in our community. In our body of work there is vision and creativity. There is genius. And sometimes there is failure.
What kinds of creations will come out of this month's classes?! The instructors don't know. I certainly have no clue. ?
But I know it will be awesome. I know we'll have proud artists at the end of the month. I know we will celebrate the creations and the creators.
I also know that we could get a "better" end product if our curriculum planned everything out for them step-by-step. If everyone made the same thing. If we had already solved all the obstacles for them and made sure to navigate away from them in the creation steps. Our instructor team is a bunch of skilled artists and we are more than capable of leading a group of kids through a craft project.
But our objective is not to see how well they can execute the teacher's instruction. Our goal is not the product they create.
We're building ARTISTS here. Idea-generators. Makers. Thinkers. Problem solvers.
Wanna know how the projects turned out? We've got a gallery HERE!
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Orange Easel began as a small art studio in my basement and continues to grow and serve our community. Read more about our story here.