As I was going through my slide show, I wrote on the board a few very simple notes about our topic, and I had them copy down the objectives for the project too. (In our district, we call objectives "I CAN Statements.") So for my Keith Haring project, the I CAN statements were: I CAN make patterns using lines. I CAN show MOVEMENT in my art. I CAN talk about the artist Keith Haring.
I made sure the kids knew how to "Draw with Good Purpose." This is derivative of the Quantum Learning Key of Excellence about Speaking with good purpose, i.e. not interrupting, using kind words, staying on topic, etc. So drawing with good purpose means not wasting paper, using it for practice and kind things. I really emphasised using ALL the space on a page, even if you had to turn it sideways. I showed examples of lots of sketchbooks from many artists, including Leonardo DaVinci. So we had a good long discussion about how to use the sketchbooks. THEY ARE NOT BOOKS FOR FREE DRAW. My oh my.
Look what they did!
I'm so proud!