During the summer of 2014, the Lower School art studio was renovated with a new ceiling, new lighting and floor, and a fresh coat of paint to create a better learning space for our students. Art teacher Sue Rowe then implemented a new method of teaching art. The classroom was divided into seven different art studios:
- Collage and Printmaking
- Fiber arts
- 3D Sculpture
At the beginning of the year, students have a scavenger hunt to introduce them to where everything is, and they discuss how to manage all of those studios. During a typical art class, students first gather in a circle for a mini-lesson led by Mrs. Rowe, and then have the option of creating something from her lesson, or working on any project they wish. This method of teaching art has been successfully implemented in many settings, giving young artists more responsibility for their own art making. Children will work toward greater mastery because they are highly invested in pursuing their ideas.
Mrs. Rowe states, "Some refer to this as Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) and others simply call it Choice-Based Art Education. I am thrilled to offer this to your children! If you would like to read more about this, there is a great book called Engaging Learners Through Artmaking
by Katherine M. Douglas and Diane B. Jaquith."