SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2018

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 31 sumi ink and its properties before revealing the kind we will be using, how and where it's made, and how we'll be using it. The collaborative and creative process is an engaging way to get to know my students while teach - ing and practicing artistic procedures. The Process Before commencing a Sumi Ink Club session, I encourage students to put their artist thinking caps on by hav- ing them literally stop to put on invis- ible caps. Warmup exercises, such as the exquisite corpse drawing activity, help get students in the right mindset for this large-scale collaboration. Even just beginning with a circle and hav- ing students think of what they could add to the shape to create something new starts a collaborative conversa- tion. Showing how students come up with entirely different ideas, stem- ming from the same original shape, promotes diversity in their thinking and artwork. I encourage them to see that they all possess valuable ideas to contribute to the group drawing. Simple Materials, Simple Rules My favorite part about this style of collaboration is that it requires only simple materials and can be done any - where. We have worked on windows, walls, tables, paper, and even clothing. Students begin to understand the mean - ing and value of collaboration with the simple rules, "no words, no names." In preparation, I question my students about ownership—if they all work on something together, who does it belong to? We discuss how it equally belongs to each student who contributed. The Results Observing and working alongside students while Sumi Ink Club is in session is one of my favorite ways to start the school year. The pro- cess and growth that takes place throughout the day as classes come and go is astonishing. Students take pride in sharing time-lapsed videos of their Sumi Ink Club sessions with their teachers, friends, and family. Students' ability to share what they learned is one of the simplest assess- ment methods. When hosting Sumi Ink Club sessions at school events (such as open house and art show- cases), I can step back and watch students teach their families, other students, and teachers alike how to collaborate on group drawings. Students love seeing their Sumi Ink Club drawings line the hallways, The collaborative and creative process is an engaging wa to get to know m tudents while teaching and practicing artistic procedures. serve as bulletin board backdrops, or even on the dress their teacher is wearing to school that day. The Sumi Ink Club connects my school com- munity in ways individual projects couldn't possibly. All it takes is a bottle of ink and some brushes. Kelsi Quicksall is an art teacher at Osceola Elementary School in Ormond Beach, Flor - ida. Twitter/ Instagram: @kelsiquicksall N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work. W E B L I N K Students work on a variety of surfaces, including windows, during their Sumi Ink Club session.

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