I loved the little quiz at the end, it was sort, but informative and fun. honestly I thought it was good and couldn’t find any spelling errors or anything. But I did think it was a bit short compared to the rest of the power point. but no, it looked good, was interactive, and made sense.
I hooked up my laptop to my tv so i could view the slidshow like it would be with a lecture, but even on my laptop, the font was way to small to make out in most places, perhaps you should break it up into more slides? But i did think that both this and the quiz were helpful for learning. the quiz is obviously the interactive part, and while it loses its professional vibe at the end I think you guys made it work. also, you added citations at the end, but didn’t cite where you got your info. otherwise, i think i looks great.
This week I finally finished my prints by actually printing them, I was able to do the relief one at home, since it only required a few tools, and just putting ink on the surface and then stamping it. But for the cross hatching, I had to do a little research, and find a place that had a printing press. I ended up going to the art store Opus, and showing them my work so far so they would let me use theirs, an idea I had gotten from a previous teacher. anyway, I had to practice with both of them before I knew how much ink to use, what kind of paper works best, and how much pressure before I got any good prints, but all in all, I have to say that this in a whole has been a great experience. I always love trying new things that I think I might enjoy, but it can be hard making time for them, thats why this class has been so helpful to me
for my last post, I wanted to go into self assessment a bit. I had alot of classes in high school where you would have to self grade your homework or quiz, but it was only when i took an art class in college that i had to self asses myself, which it totally different. because it wasnt just heres the right answer, you either got it or you dont. it was you, looking at your own work thinking, what parts are good, whats not so good, and what could i have changed. and i think thats so important, and i wish i had done it when i was younger because it gave me so much more confidence in my work. If a kid makes art, they will probably automatically think that its bad, because they are comparing it to pros, but if they sit and think about it, if they have to write down the things that they like the most about it, they will see those things more clearly and love their own work more. in the book Teaching in Blended Learning Environments chapter 5, it touches on the knowledge of cognition, which refers to the awareness of the learner as a self “and includes entering knowledge and motivation associated with the inquiry process, academic discipline, and expectancies.” which i think are all important thing for a person to learn about themselves, especially if they are an artist. if kids have to think about their own work themselves, instead of others always critiquing it, they will gain so much more self confidence. its one thing for a friend to say they like your work, its another for you to say it to yourself.
This week I finished carving the second print, it was surprisingly a lot easier, but I had to go back and fix it up after a couple practice prints, but I think I like my finishing results.
The thing that I fixated on this week in the readings was the topic of group work. Assessment Strategies for online learning: Engagement and authenticity says that the seven problems with group work are as follows, Student antipathy to groups • Selection of groups • Lack of group skills • The “free rider” • Inequalities of student abilities • Withdrawal of group members • Assessment of individuals within the group.
which i find all valid worries, but i feel like can be addressed. not all students like working in a group, and will ask if they can work alone, which got me thinking, there are two types of teachers, the ones that let you work alone for a group, and the ones that would never. which do i want to be? on one hand, i think that working in a group can be helpful, on the other, i have had some pretty awful group experience. so I think for that, i would let the person work alone, unless it was a situation where you just couldn’t. as for selection of groups, i think i would assign groups every other time, starting with the first time, just so if people dont know each other, they can get to know each other for next time. lack of group skills is kinda odd, are they saying that they are anti-social? if so, thats part of why i would assign groups. theres always a free rider, i remember having one group project, where we didnt talk, we just divided up the work into different sections, then we were all going to present it together, and i was the person going last in the presentation, and watching my other group mates go, i realized, that i was the free rider. i didnt mean to be, but my group mates work was so much more in depth than mine, so maybe not a free rider, but i wasnt an overachiever like them. anyway, it happens to everyone, and people tend to confront it, or get over it. like that example, sometimes some people are just better than others in certain topics. some people will need more help than others, and some people dont like that. either way, i think that a group project is the perfect way to get through that. some group member withdraw, its hard to keep up with everyone, or they have a busy work scheduled. i think that as long as you talk to your group members and reach an agreement, like, your busy during the day, so can you do research then we can write it up? sort of thing. I also have mixed feelings about group assesments. some people love them, some hate them, most people do them because they hate someone. i say, dont do it, because if you had a problem with someone in your group, i would want you to come to me about it or confront them. not go behind their back, what if they are lying? how do i asses that?
this week, I finished the cross hatched print. I found myself adding more details as I went, I might even add more once I try printing it. But im waiting until I finish the other.
I have always liked the idea of being able to teach an art class online. I had signed up for one a couple years ago, where we would be trying different kinds of projects, that you would take pictures of and send them to the teacher, similar to what we are doing here. I liked it because it gave me the time to do it in my own time. In a classroom, you might get distracted or influenced by other people, or often in my case, finish early then feel the need to overwork it because you are waiting for others.
In saying that, I also liked in chapter 6 of the readings the idea of Synchronous teaching, the idea of everyone doing the activity at the same time, but in different places. It made me think of when people will live stream on Instagram, and you get the notification in case you want to watch. I was also drawn to it because anyone could do it, it isn’t limited to teachers. anyone could start steaming and teaching whatever they want. And you see it everywhere, just type in “DIY (anything)” into Youtube and you could find someone walking you through it. though that’s asynchronous teaching. the upside to asynchronous teaching is you can post it and it last forever, anyone at any time can see or listen to it, but synchronous is nice because in most streams, you have the option to have questions show up that you could answer along the way.
for this week, I attempted to trace the drawings on to my carving pads. for the crosshatching, it worked pretty well because the pad was see through, the problem was with the other, the pad is a thick, eraser material, so i pretty much eyeballed it, i can fix it up some more when i start carving it.
I think when teaching art, you have to use both the surface and deep approach. surface is good because it lets people use their own imagination without you walking them through the whole thing and influencing them too much. High level would be nice because its great for all artists critique and be critiqued.
what struck me in the readings was the talk about organization. As you can probably tell, i care a lot about not influencing the people you teach too much when teaching art. the section on organization says that ” One of the great sources of confusion and frustration for students occurs when students are not clear about expectations.” which made me think about how i will reach a good in-between for giving instructions, and not pushing my own ideas on students. i dont want to leave my students without instruction.
In this week, I went out and bought all the supplies I need for this project and I have drawn the two images I will use for my prints on paper. Before I started drawing, I did some research into the prints I was going to make so I knew what best drawing style to use. but after some research, and doing the readings, i found that i’m more of a doer than a thinker. I started by simply drawing what I would usually like, then adding or taking away details so the drawing could more easily become a print. I found that in the readings, i related to the teaching by doing method the most. But i’m unsure if thats the best way to teach art, because my personal ideas might bleed in with the teachings, and influence students, taker away from their own ideas.
for my personal learning challenge, I decided to learn how to make a print. About a year ago I made a potato print for a class, and I became interested in the idea, but never really had the motivation to try something new. I also thought it would be a good idea because in the readings, it talks about how having knowledge about what you are teaching will lead to an emotional connection with your students, which makes sense.
“However, even the most extensively trained teachers don’t always make good teachers if they don’t have the talent and emotional connection with learners, and untrained teachers (which covers virtually all university instructors), sometimes succeed, even with little experience, because they have a knack or in-born talent. However, although such instructors are often held up as the triumph of art over science in teaching, they are in practice very rare. Many of these untutored, brilliant instructors have learned rapidly on the job by trial and error, with the inevitable casualties along the way.”
My thought is that the more kinds of things I learn, the better chance I have at connecting with my future students. I am hoping that I can make two different kinds of prints for this project, my thought being one relief and one cross hatching.
I just finished my second year at UVic, I’m majoring in sociology and education, together, I am duel majoring in being a disappointment to my parents. But I am enjoying my time in this city. I moved to Canada two years ago from Seattle for school, I have duel citizenship and prefer Canada. I enjoy riding my motorcycle, and painting in my free time. I joined education because in middle school, I had an art teacher who was super supportive, which is hard to come by and super important when you are young and know your art is bad. He really inspired me and made me want to be the kind of person to inspire and lift up kids with their passion.