Lesson Plan

In class we were  to present a lesson plan  with a partner, to our fellow classmates. In the lesson plan we taught the class about Realism, Expressionism, and Symbolism in regards to identity in Visual Art. This experience presented us with the challenges that many art teachers face today, the fear people have of art. This challenge gave me the opportunity to think of solutions that engage students in learning the Visual Arts, and being able to face the insecurities that the students have in regards to the Arts. To me as artist the aesthetics are not the only essentials of art. I believe if visual art teachers are able to teach art in a way were students are able to say something or portray a certain meaning through art this would be just as meaningful as making something that looks good. If anybody has any other ideas on how to engage students and get them interested in the visual arts and overcome those obstacles of students insecurities that they were taught as a child I would love to hear them!

This is the lesson plan we came up with ——–} LessonPlanOutline


Summary of Learning

For my ECOMP 355 class we were required to provide a project on our summary of learning. We were able to choose any creative form to communicate what we had learned during the semester. I choose to create a children’s story book inspired by what I have learned in the class. The book is about a moose named Maple who is the new kid in the forest, and all the new friends she meets. All characters are based on the technological resources that are available that I found most useful in the class. Each character in the book contains the same traits or knowledge as certain resource that I was taught in class. Are you able to guess what resources I learned about.


Creativity in Education


The other day in class I introduced a lesson plan to my peers in which was intended for a grade 9 visual arts class. Me and and my partner introduced the terms of Realism, Impressionism, and Symbolism in relation to Identity. We showed examples of many artists that used these style in their work and then we asked the class to create a their own self portrait using two of these styles. When we told the class they were required to do a self portrait that represented themselves, there were many frightened faces in the crowd.  Even when I explained that drawing they created did not have to be a realistic picture but just symbolize who they are using colour’s and symbols it did not offer any relief. For some reason in education the subjects of art or math freak people out. If I was introducing this subject to a younger grade such as grade 2-5, I believe the kids would be thrilled about the task and go at it with out any struggle or fear at all. Why at a older age we fear creativity? I believe in this video Ken Robertson says it all. This is a longer Ted Talks but I really recommend watching it, He speaks the words out of my mind in humours and amazing way about creativity in education. He brings up a quote  ” Every Child is an Artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. Pablo Picasso. I believe this is very true and the reason why people fear art once they are older. Society focuses on only the one side of your brain and people lose insight and the importance of creativity. Check it out!



The Innovation of Loneliness






A classmate shared this video with me, I believe it is a very interesting concept and hits the truth spot on. Depending on how you look at this video it can be either very depressing or reassuring. I do not see this video as depressing, I am very intersted in the behaivor of the human race and the way they were created.  I believe it is an amazing way of explaining how we are made and meant to function. This video is a complete package the way the person communicates the concept to the audience and the content they talk about is truly interesting.  People are all so talented, both on what they are discovering and creating. Check it out!