A Collaboration Between Artists & Educators

A Collaboration Between Artists & Educators

good morning everyone this is our last planning session after all of these months so excited to be here with you guys I know art at the core is really trying to get the arts integrated into the classrooms the idea is to teach the teachers and do model lessons for them using works of art aligned with common core standards and we paired teaching artists with the teachers in order to do art in the classroom that's good my name is lorenza arango yarns and I am a 5th grade elementary school teacher during the collaboration meeting it's the fifth grade teachers and then it's the artists and then it's to gety educators this is a three-year collaboration with the Getty the project started with just the artist working with the students but ultimately they want the generality chures to be in charge of the lessons and then the artists would pull back my role in this project is of one of four teaching artists that was hired by the Getty Museum we've been having weekly meetings for the past five months and really build our lesson plans up from there we'll start with each of the classroom teachers and the teaching artist just discussing what happened in last week's session what worked what didn't work and what modifications you would like if you were to do this lesson again in the lesson the students were creating a bust of a profession part of the project is writing an opinion piece about choosing the profession and being able to sculpt something and make it look close to human as possible that was kind of a challenge because many of my students haven't had that experience you know we talked about that in our collaboration meeting because they up really struggled I kept hearing that they wanted to say did I get it right I mean that's why we like was it right how can we build their confidence that they don't feel like they need you're are my permission because that was what really held us up last time in terms of completing the lesson on time have you ever encounter well so there was times when I said you have to look at this picture yeah and you need to sort of use that as a guy that's a good idea one of them condoms yeah wrap up this part of the conversation so what were some of the biggest challenges that you faced and a lesson implementation on a portrait bust in the round our biggest problem was a mantra from the students that we heard over and over and over again which is is this right it's right it's right the crisis of realism that our 5th graders are constantly going to be facing between third and fifth grade developmentally students in their art production are just so interested in is this right does this look like what it's supposed to look like in the interest of saving time we thought the best thing to do would be to show the students very precisely how to do it you know so that we'd get a good result and everybody would kind of have a clear figure what we didn't anticipate was that they would get so wrapped up in the way that we said to do it that they weren't able to do it unless it was exactly the way that we've said how do we make them realize that there are a million ways to make facial features if we were doing it again maybe we shouldn't really provide that much direction at all creating the features and that we should just like create an eye and let the kid do it there's no rule this time there's no there's no one way to make some here's what we decided to do was try and really communicate to them the level freedom that they had this is an exploration this is an opportunity for you to figure out how to put on a nose and to really just lighten up and take a risk that's a really huge step for creativity and independent critical thinking I just wanted to say congratulations because you guys did such an incredible job at really thoughtfully planning out the lesson steps for a pretty complex project today's collaboration of as problem solving and then we just try to figure out how we could make it much more approachable for the kids accessible there's a huge potential for growth relating our curriculum to all education and that's something that I really hope to work more towards in the future we have a resource that is online for your k5 students really focused on ll strategies using our still life as the primary source what we're hoping is the teachers will take ownership and continue to do arts integrated lessons even we're no longer in the classroom for teachers to get these resources from the Getty they're always free we have over 200 lessons and Getti edu my advisement teachers out there is to look at your local museum museums all across the country to a lot of integrated art lessons and museums want to give teachers as much resources and access as possible it's just such an amazing way for students to engage in what they're learning in the classroom

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