This course is designed to hone skills, develop independence, and explore post secondary options. Grounded in critique, making connections, and discovering a broader and deeper understanding of how the visual arts relate to a variety of disciplines; students explore their personal voice through media, critical thinking, decision making, and art production and presentation.
Studio Habits of Mind
The 8 Studio Habits of Mind is a framework- a way of thinking and practicing studio skills. The 8 habits have no order-- they work together in a cycle and have no structure- instead they should animate as studio experiences unfold.
Below are videos of creative artists modeling studio habits of mind and discussing the beauty of mistakes, the need to struggle, and the satisfaction of making their unique contributions to the world through their art form.
Understand the World. Artists learn about art history, current practices, and communities. Learning to interact as an artist with other artists, (i.e., in classrooms, local art organizations, and across the art field) and within the broader society.
Develop Craft & Skills. Artists learn to use different tools and materials and also familiarize themselves with different artistic conventions (these are the things you've been learning about since 1st grade- using different brushes, different types of pencils, color mixing, learning about 1-pt perspective, etc).
Engage & Persist
Artists explore and learn about problems of relevance within the art world or of personal importance; this is known as a concept. They work to develop focus and grit and other mental states needed to working and persevering at art tasks. In other works- work hard and be determined!