Work by my Students
This is a variety of work done by students in my AP Studio Art, Photography, and Art 1 classes. I teach 10th graders predominantly. The work shown are the students' responses to problems involving composition, b/w photographic media, color, drawing from life, and, for students in AP Studio Art, creating a cohesive body of visual work (Sustained Investigation.)
I think that the following quote sums up why it's important for students to study visual art:
"Visualization works from a human perspective because we respond to and process visual data better than any other type of data. In fact, the human brain processes images 60,000 times faster than text, and 90 percent of information transmitted to the brain is visual."
(Source: http://www.t-sciences.com/news/humans-process-visual-data-better (Links to an external site.))
All my classes are built around three main activities: questioning, creating, and reflecting. It's important for the students to try the approaches presented in art, not to worry about making mistakes--sometimes the mistake is the answer!
In our image-saturated world, teaching students to become better visual consumers and communicators is important. I want to give them the time to slow down and see why what they see works the way it does.