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Art & inquiry in any classroom

Presentation for MoMA's Art & Inquiry MOOC, August 2013

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Art & inquiry in any classroom

  1. 1. In ANY Classroom
  2. 2. Incorporating Inquiry-Based Learning into the classroom requires changing the environment from one of passive information reception to one of curiosity and desire for explanations.* Artwork is an excellent way to introduce inquiry based learning into any classroom. http://wikis.swarthmore.edu/div_econ/index.php/Inquiry-based_learning
  3. 3. • What BIG IDEAS do I want students to learn and explore through works of art? • What QUESTIONS can I ask to encourage the discovery process? • What types of INFORMATION about the art will I need and how will I FRAME this information for students? • What ACTIVITIES can enhance the learning experience?
  4. 4. • Theme • Questions • Information • Activities
  5. 5. A good theme is: • Visually evident in the works of art • Relevant to the student’s lives and classroom content • Provokes deep thought and critical thinking
  6. 6. Characters Spaces & Places Everyday Objects Narrative in Art Identity Art Redefined Society & Politics
  7. 7. “If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.” —ALBERT EINSTEIN
  8. 8. Questions are invaluable teaching tools that serve many functions in the teaching and learning processes including: • Assess knowledge and learning • Prompt students to clarify, expand, and support their claims • Direct students to engage in discussion or debate • Encourage students to question their own thought process or reasoning • Apply class concepts to real-world scenarios* A Primer In Effective Questioning Strategies For Classroom & eLearning, http://www.teachthought.com/learning/wiziq-posts/
  9. 9. Present a scaffold upon which students can layer their understanding of the complexities of the subject. Weave factual information into the discovery process. Ask open ended questions at appropriate intervals, and WAIT…….
  10. 10. • Foster Close Looking • Connect Experience with Artwork to other Learning • Introduce Key Concepts • Ignite Imagination and Creativity
  11. 11. • Generate a list of descriptive words; then choose and form sentences “Six Word Memoir” • Write a review of a work of art • Write a wall label for a work of art Six Word Memoirs at Smith Magazine
  12. 12. • Write a first-person narrative or dialogue from the perspective of a character in artwork. • Write a postcard to a friend about the place depicted in the work of art.
  13. 13. • Students can use Twitter to tweet themes, questions, comments, critiques and more. • Students can reach out to connect with the artists to ask them questions. • Students can use Facebook , Voice Thread, Google Hangouts, Skype, and email to connect synchronously and asynchronously with other teachers and students around the world through written and spoken reflections. All the World’s A MOOC, Blog by Ary Aranguiz
  14. 14. Spaces and Places
  15. 15. Topic: The cultural preservation and the perpetuation of indigenous traditions in the Pacific Islands. Theme: Identity Essential Question: Why is preservation of traditional knowledge and cultural values important to a community? • What evidence of traditional knowledge and cultural values do these images convey to you? Activities: What traditions do you celebrate with your family? Create a project to share these traditions with the class. Pacific Worlds Curriculum
  16. 16. MOMA Learning Web Resources: (Courtesy of the MOMA Learning Team) Google Cultural Institute MOMA Worksheet: Questions About Art Inquiry Drives Learning The Art of Powerful Questions, by Eric E. Vogt, Juanita Brown, and David Isaacs Swarthmore College: Diversifying Economic Quality: A Wiki for Instructors and Departments Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways into Inquiry Learning 7 Ways to Transform Your Classroom
  17. 17. A Primer In Effective Questioning Strategies For Classroom & eLearning, http://www.teachthought.com/learning/wiziq-posts/
  18. 18. cathleennardi@gmail.com This presentation was developed for MOMA’s Art & Inquiry MOOC via Coursera, August 2013. Thank you to Lisa Mazzola and the MoMA Education Team for these resources. This presentation is intended to be used for Professional Development for K-12 educators interested in Art & Inquiry.