The formation of a personal pedagogy and the informing of an art-making practice.

PLANNING & PREPARING

ALISON

ROBIN 

THOMPSON

Preparation is crucial in instructing a classroom of learners. In providing multiple methods of information delivery for students through visuals, resources, digital technology, etc., learning and comprehension is facilitated.

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Curriculum Planning 

The plans following are just a sample of the lessons I have taught, and written.

Feel free to use and adapt these lessons in your classroom! 

Sculpture & Ceramics

 

     The Art of Ecology*

          -Interdisciplinary, year-long unit between science and art

          -Repurposing nontraditional art materials and found objects in eco art

 

​     Magnolias for Pittsburgh

          -Public, installation art lesson
          -Written proposals and collaborative sculptures using found objects,  

            or sculptural material of (instructor's) choice



      The Fantastic Body

          -Year-long, advanced studio curriculum​ with clay, plaster, and found

            objects



​​     Masked Identity*​

         -Clay mask-making inspired by Greek theater masks

         -Emotions and Identity

          

 

​​     Art Accessible*

         -Year-long studio curriculum addressing accessibility in art

         -Low-cost/no-cost art, public art, and slipcasting/moldmaking 

       

 

​​     Introduction to Ceramic Design Principles

         -Introduces principles and science behing working with clay

 

 

 

​​     Craftsmanship in Ceramics*

         -Introduction in craft and art, through ceramics

 

 
 

 

Digital Technologies

  

​​     Growth in Motion

         ​​-Instruction on Final Cut video editting software

         ​​-The impact of growth on self, through stop motions

         

​​  

     Student-Generated School Yearbook*

         ​​-Techniques needed to create an in-house yearbook using In-Design



 

 

Bookmaking
 

 

​​     Math Art-Star Books*

          -Finding interdisciplinary connections

          - Creating star, accordian books with math-inspired designs

 

 

​​     Personal Letters*

          -Reflecition on self and identity through bookmaking

          -Illuminated letter cover design

 

 

​​     Jungle Books*

          -Pulling inspiration from personal jungles, wild and urban

          -Studying artworks by Henri Rousseau and Charles Sheele

 

 

    Minimalist Bookbinding*

          -Sol LeWitt and minimalist art through bookbinding

          -Coptic stitch binding



 

​​     Personal Culture, Design in Bookmaking*

          -Reflection on personal culture

          -Researching famous artists from the same region or culture

          

 

Two-Dimensional Art
 

 

​​     Blind Line Contour Drawings - Mystery in Abstraction

          -Observations and form through abstraction

          -Exciting, and surprising drawing exercises, 

 

 

    TIbetan Prayer Flags and Linoleum Block Portraits

          -Self portrait an identity

          -Linocut​ printmaking and Tibetan culture

 

 

​​     Mail Art

          -Investigation into the culture and history behind mail art

          -Mixed-media collage postcards

 

 

 

Lesson/Unit Plans ​| Additional Resources

Curriculum Unit

Eco Art Prezi

Lesson Plan

Curriculum Unit

Body Objects PowerPoint

Lesson Plan

Greek Mask PowerPoint

Mask Handout

Curriculum Unit

Planning & Reflection

"Ceramics: The Basics" PowerPoint

Craftsmanship 

PowerPoint

"InDesign: The Basics" Tutorial Book

Lesson Plan

Math Art

 PowerPoint

Planning & Reflection

Handout

How to Make Book Covers

Lesson Plan

Personal Letters PowerPoint

Planning & Reflection

Handout

Lesson Plan

Personal Letters PowerPoint

Planning & Reflection

Handout

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Planning & Reflection

Handout

Coptic Stitch Handout

Lesson Plan

Blind Line

PowerPoint

"Mail Art" PowerPoint

*I have used these lessons with only minimal modifications in special needs envornments

​The Study of Visual Culture Helps to

Inform my Planning Strategies



A deep look into the potential impact of visual culture on the formation of individual ideologies is necessary in teaching the arts.  Meaning is derived from images and media via symbolism, stereotypes, and more. Art educators, and their students must be able to deconstruct images and better examine the deeper messages within.  In being able to do so, they may become informed viewers, allowing them to take control of the massive flow of visual culture that surrounds us in this increasingly media-saturated culture.

     
       

One must also investigate the deeper connection between art, life, and visual culture. Art educators and their students must view the world as artists, and relate politics, media, artwork, writing, and more to the practices of looking. Some even understand teaching as a type of performative art, and continually inform their pedagogy through this performance.

     

Various philosophical and historical approaches to art education must also be taken into account, including that of Vygotsky and Piaget. With this formal background in art education, teachers can go on to  ponder the influence of other factors, such as play, on art-making, or child art.

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Last edited 12/14/2019

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