Art education is all about celebrating uniqueness. Every teacher is different, every learner is different, and every school district is different. Addressing the goals of all participants requires meaningful and intentional balance. When you achieve balance, you are honoring district and school initiatives. You are honoring learners’ goals. You are honoring your own philosophies as the art teacher in the room.
Finding this balance is what choice-based art education is all about. Explore the power of the learner-centered classroom, and reflect on how you are currently using choice in the studio. Explore different choice-based approaches to instruction. Envision integration into your own classroom setting. Look at assessment, advocacy, and management strategies. Revise curriculum and approaches for your students.
Participants in this course will need to purchase a copy of the book The Open Art Room, by Melissa Purtee and Ian Sands (2018).