This blog describes my day to day experience and reflections as an online art teacher. This blog was used in part for my Master's Thesis project. I thank everyone who has read it. Though my project is complete I will continue to use this blog to share my experiences and answer questions.
Last week we closed up the
first semester and I said farewell to my students. Two of those students are
particularly special to me as they created an experience I didn’t expect to see
in my large course of over 200 students. These students met in my class and
became close friends. Every week of this semester I held an optional art
sharing and critique day and the students who attended really gained a lot in
their discussion skills and many of them created art outside of class to share
during these sessions. Nearing the end of our class, I presented a project
about Cubism in which students create two pieces of art, one being realistic
and then a version of the first piece that reflects Cubism. The two students
who became close friends asked me if they could work together and instead of
changing their own pieces of art to reflect Cubism, they would like to change
each other’s. The students met in our art critique sessions each week and
shared in progress work while myself and their other classmates gave feedback.
My students were able to collaborate and successfully completed the project,
working off of each other's pieces of art to change them. It was a very
positive experience for myself as a teacher to watch these motivated students
work together (without the ability to speak with each other outside of class or
in person). Next semester, I am planning to work with my Art 5 students to
collaborate on a virtual class art show and I have high hopes for them after
seeing these students use the tools and time we have to work together. Below
you’ll see their finished pieces.