LEARN seeks to provide educators with pathways to getting students to create and appreciate works of art. The visual arts offer young people a wide variety of means of exploration. Through their creations, students can give concrete form to their questions, convictions, perception of life, aspirations, hopes and dreams. Through their appreciation of the works of others, students gain insight into the inner lives of the people around them.
Visual Arts Competencies - Secondary
Competency 3: Appreciates images
The act of appreciation is one of examining and reflecting on a work, whether it is one's own, the work of classmates, or professional and amateur work seen outside the classroom. In the arts, teachers are often challenged by time constraints, and wonder how to fit appreciation into tight timelines. Two things to consider are:
- Keep it simple - introduce a framework and use it exclusively for a while
- Do it often - regular moments of appreciation cultivate the appreciation reflex
Keep it simple Ideas
Do it often Ideas
Use post-its on a large Venn diagram on the wall or interactive white board
Build in an appreciation moment at the very start of a project
Have students discuss in groups and share notes on a single Appreciation sheet
Have an appreciation file or station in your classroom for inspiration, and make sure students leave traces in an appreciation journal
Use the same framework for the Artist Statement for personal creations.
Build in appreciation of finished works at the close of a project or as projects are completed
Having practicing artists and specialized art educators in your classroom enriches everyone's experience of the arts. Students deepen their practice and understanding of the Arts. Teachers expand their arts pedagogy know-how.
Breaking down the QEP for artists (webinar done for ELAN)
MAD2 Facebook Group
A group for Quebec teachers in the Arts from the anglophone sector. Go to page
Online PD for Arts educators in Quebec, hosted by MAD2. A DEEN committee initiative. Online archive available Go to folder
Spotlight on the Arts
An annual effervescent art education happening organized by the MAD2 DEEN subcommittee, featuring guest speakers, workshops in all four Arts subjects, a round-table discussion and on the spot art-making. Go to page
Why Our Schools Need the Arts: A New Perspective by Sylwia Bielec Go to page
CSEA - The Canadian Society for Education through Art The Canadian Society for Education through Art is the national art education association representing art educators within Canada. It is a voluntary association founded in Quebec City in 1955, and is the only Canadian national organization that brings together visual art educators, gallery educators and others with similar interests and concerns. Membership represents all levels of education: elementary, secondary, college/university, ministries of education, art galleries/museums, and community education. Go to site NAEA - The National Art Education Association Founded in 1947, the National Art Education Association is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators. Go to site
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