I’d like to welcome another new blog in the Delaware education arena. Creative Delaware is written by an art teacher. This is very timely due to budget cuts going on around the state. Classes like art and music are in severe danger, and if you want them saved, now is the time to speak. Creative Delaware will do their part to spread the word to parents, but we need everyone speaking up who supports more culture in our schools.
Today in one of my art classes we were discussing the above art work by Pablo Picasso entilted “The Tragedy”. We discussed the subject matter, elements of art and principles of design. We turned to our partners, asked the questions why and what if the image was red instead of blue. Student gave me specific evidence from the image (text) to support their opinions and/or reasons. We used all the common core like language required. Finally, I asked students to think about their life and create an image of something sad. It could be a global issue like hunger, homeless (referred to by Picasso), or something personal in their own lives.
They started working and then I thought about the same question as I walked around the class. Some students were working quietly focusing on the assignment at hand. Most were talking more than creating, whining and complaining about how they…
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