"Oh, I got music coming outta my hands and feet and kisses." --Julian Casablancas
Brace yourself. I'm about to show you some adorable kids.
Yes, adorable they are. Also they are smart, clever, intelligent, creative students who have not only learned a lot about art this year, but can also apply this theoretical knowledge to their work any old day of the week.
Bold claims, I know. But I've got the photographic evidence to prove it.
One of the joys of our school is that students can choose to work with the same teachers for years on end.
One of the challenges of our school is that teachers must find ways to keep the learning fresh for students who keep coming back.
So this year, my students and I talked a lot about the Elements and Principles of Design. These advanced art concepts represent a range of ideas and choices that artists ponder as they create their work, and my students have astonished me with their ability to not only understand these concepts but to apply them to their own projects.
Even on this traditional day of chaos, my students thoughtfully applied their understanding of color theory, movement, value, shape, pattern and the other elements and principles as they created art with their hands and feet.
They are true artists, and I could not be more proud.
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