SchoolArts Magazine

APR 2019

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munity as part of the creative process. E ach period began with a virtual trip to Mrozinski's gallery and a dis- cussion of his works. During our daily o ne-on-one critiques, as well as during our large group mid-critique, I began to hear strong peer-to-peer conversa - tions about the works, process, and m eanings. Students were excited to create works about each other and to be able to work collaboratively to guide and inspire, even though the process was a new experience for many of them. Working with the Unfamiliar Working collaboratively emphasized to students that art generally doesn't happen in a vacuum, and making work with personal meaning and inspiration gave many a new sense of pride in their works. Using oil and soft pastels offered the artists the challenge of color mixing, blending, and layering while also helping them develop meaningful, visually interest- ing, and complex works. Working with materials they were uncomfort- able with (pastels), they were able to develop courage, confidence, and an understanding that the unfamiliar (materials, ideas, methods) are an important part of the process. Assessment Throughout this lesson, students were asked write and respond to open-ended prompts about their successes and failures, as well as the direction their works were headed. Prior to our final critique, students used a shared online document to self-assess their work and to help them as a starting point of conversa- tion for the final critique. Mrozinski joined us virtually to dis- cuss the ideas and works created. Stu- dents were engaged as he spoke about t he elements of art and principles of design and interpreted the meanings in their works. Over the course of two days, we had successful critiques and conversations all while reinforcing important art-making ideas. Mrozinski added thoughtful ideas about inter - pretation, symbolism, and composition t hat were new to students, as well as the use of inspiration as a starting point, and how a unique interpreta - tion of an artistic idea can be very dif- ferent for the viewer than the initial i ntent of the artist. Frank Korb is an art teacher at Fort Atkinson High School in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. fjkorb@gmail.com N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Organize and develop artis- tic ideas and work. W E B L I N K toddmrozinski.com Working collaborativel emphasized to students that art generall oesn't happen in a vacuum. Creating an inner glow to the figure shows an understanding of the use of the materials (oil pastels), creates a chromatic experience in the black, and sets a mood for the work. Utilizing a warm negative space and cool positive space also helps set up a strong sense of contrast in the artwork. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 23

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