Friday, August 30, 2013

The Amazing Checklist

One of my favorite things about being an art teacher is the amount of control I have over my program.  Like most art teachers, I am constantly looking for new and creative ways to teach the concepts students need to be successful artists and thinkers. But when I add in new projects, I sometimes struggle, as we run out of time to cover all of those experiences I want my students to have.

  I recently read “The Checklist Manifesto” by Atul Gawande and decided to put his ideas (and some common sense) to work by designing a Media Checklist.  By using this checklist, I can see at a glance what we still need to experience, what new ideas can be swapped for older ones and what areas of my curriculum need to be beefed up.  I can also tailor it for any class, from my fourth graders to my seniors!   Here is an example of my freshman Art 1 class checklist:

Art 1: Media Checklist
(Start year with a CREATIVE CHALLENGE)

DRAWING:                  ___ Foundations of Drawing
                                    ___ Enlarged Object Drawing OR
                                    ___ NEW: Mini Still-life w/clothespins
                                    ___ Pastel Still Life
                                    ___ Colored Grid Drawing
                                    ___ Caricatures

PAINTING:                   ___ Color Theory Cartoon Cubism
                                    ___ Monet/Van Gogh Painting
                                    ___ Monochromatic Watercolor Painting
MIXED MEDIA/            ___ Art History Teaching Poster
 COLLAGE:                   ___ Collage: Tribute to Wayne Thiebaud
                                   ___ Personal Grid – Final Term Test                      
CLAY:                          ___ Personal Clay Box
                                  ___ Vessel from human or animal form

SCULPTURE:                ___ NEW: Family Sculpture
(using cereal box board)
                                  ___ Found Object Art/Assemblage (evernote)

GRAPHICS:                  ___ Song Lyrics/Quote 4 Square Design
                                   ___ Illustration: Glidden’s Guernica (Picasso)
                                   ___ Collograph/Glue Printmaking

LETTERING:                 ___ EXTRA CREDIT: Logo based on initials

DIGITAL ART:              ___  Design NEW
                                  ___  Design NEW

CRAFTS:                      ___ Indian Beading

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
EXTRA TIME:                ___

(evernote)                   ___

What kind of a checklist would you design for your art classes?