Teaching the Elements of Art: Space

Recently in art class, we did a short activity to explore the concept of positive and negative space in art. We began with the prompt “you’d be surprised to know _____ about me”. We were supposed to use that prompt to come up with something our classmates wouldn’t know about us, and then cut out a…

Teaching the Elements of Art: Texture

Our art instructor has encouraged us to find a mentor artist to refer back to as we explore each of the elements of art. For studying texture I’ve examined two artists who both arrange objects in order to form their own creation; Andy Goldsworthy arranged nature to form his own original pieces, while Bernard Pras uses “trash” to…

Finger Painting with Different Sensory Preferences

Our second art class focused on learning styles and how to appeal to different sensory preferences when we teach. Loosely drawing from Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, we examined four major sensory preferences. Below, I’ve outlined those sensory preferences using some of the descriptions provided by our instructor. Visual – neat, organized, calm, detail-oriented, works…