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Ideation and the Artmaking Process
Ideation and Creativity 1:50
Ideation as a Classroom Process 1:30
Brainstorming Basics 2:07
Strategies for Encouraging Multiple Ideas 2:56
“Worst Possible Idea” 1:24
Helping Students Narrow Their Focus 3:45
Formative Critiques 3:42
Sketching Compositions 2:35
Best Practices for Using Reference Material 3:56
Emerging Artistic Voices
Introducing the Idea of Artistic Voice 2:52
Identifying Artistic Voice 3:05
Developing Artistic Voice 3:31
Unlock Certificate: 5 Questions
2 PD Hours
1 Understand ideation as a critical artmaking process that goes much deeper than just brainstorming.
2 Learn practical strategies for ideation that you can incorporate into your art classroom right away.
3 Explore the connection between ideation and artistic voice - and how to foster them both.
Great artwork often begins with great ideas, but how can you help your students develop higher-caliber thinking skills about their work? In this PRO Pack, veteran teacher and arts administrator Nick Gehl walks you through an exciting art development process: ideation.
You will begin by defining the ideation process and learning about the optimum classroom environment needed to encourage it. Then, you will examine a multitude of classroom-tested ways to encourage quality ideation. Finally, you will learn how to evaluate ideas and move toward their application through thumbnails and composition sketches.
Connected K-12 Art Educator Framework Competencies
A. Develops lessons, units, and/or centers that connect with student interests and backgrounds
B. Designs scaffolded instruction to facilitate student learning
C. Develops questioning techniques to encourage higher-order thinking skills
D. Constructs opportunities for student choice and authentic learning
A. Designs experiences to practice critical thinking and problem-solving skills
B. Designs instruction to allow for freedom of expression and independent thought within student work
Connected National Visual Arts Standards
Anchor Standard #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
High School Art Administrator and PRO Facilitator
Nick Gehl is currently the Department Chair of Fine Arts at Evanston Township High School in Illinois. He is interested in enhancing the student experience, staff development, and leadership in the arts. He holds a bachelors degree in Art Education and masters degree in Educational Leadership.
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