Two Westminster art teachers, Kim Blodgett and Walter DuPriest, start their 8th grade students on a journey that begins with a word. Students choose a word that has meaning to them at this point in their lives. They start off with a few instructions on the materials to use (blue tape) and where to start, and then set off on a journey that inspires them to develop their artistic narrative of the word they selected. In the process of constructing their narrative they learn a great deal about themselves. Maybe the most important outcome of this project is the self-discovery that comes from reflecting on a word and building a personal narrative. Below are some of the words and images of their artistic expressions. Since the narrative evolves, the images capture a moment in time.
At the Center for Teaching, we encourage teachers to take risks in the design of their curriculum and instruction. In taking a risk, the learning environment becomes a laboratory for exploring how to engage students in relevant and meaningful work. Kim and Walter have taken a risk that benefits student learning about art and themselves.
For more information about this project, contact Kim or Walter below.
Kim Blodgett, Art Teacher, firstname.lastname@example.org
Walter DuPriest, Art Teacher, email@example.com