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Pascal Covici

I try to ignore some of coincidences in life and just let things happen but my investigations in class have really begun to resonate personally in a interesting and challenging manner. I started quoting Steinbeck from time to time: specifically a dedication letter in the front pages of East of Eden he wrote to Pascal Covici. I didn’t know who or what that was I assumed it was Latin. When I looked it up I discovered that it was his editor and when he submitted East of Eden it was in wood box ( which makes sense if you read the letter).  To discover that now I get chills and redoubles my goal to read everything Steinbeck wrote. He teaches me to not only write better but to express myself as an artist and a person.

Ad Astra per Alia Porci.

Pascal Covici

Dear Pat

You came upon me carving some kind little figure out of wood and you said, “Why don’t you make something for me?” I asked what you wanted, and you said , ” A box.”

“What for?”

“To put things in.”

“What things?”

“Whatever you have,” you said.

Well here is your box.  Nearly everything I have is in it and it is not full. Pain and excitement are in it, and feeling good or bad and evil thoughts and good thoughts- the pleasure of design and some despair and the indescribable joy of creation.

And on top of these are all the gratitude and love

I have for you.  And still it is not full.

John

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the poorman’s photoshop

This is a podcast about some of the features of “gimp” a free piece of software. I am thinking out a rich performance task where students teach each other about, four or five features within a piece of shareware that they research. You might be saying how can they teach themselves.  I would respond that I think this is the kind of inquiry based learning that teaches students to be fisherman rather than just providing fish.

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Creative Conscience

Are you with me?  I look to these images and I get a little angry.  I think of the younger ones in grade one getting marked on their understanding of concepts based on their drawings. Drawing development doesn’t match exemplars. Drawing developments don’t even match in facts. And think about gender, boys don’t naturally draw this way, it is inculcated. I am not claiming that I understand how children draw.  But I resent this clear misconception. Don’t structure the way that children draw. Let them teach you and unlock the heart. please look on.

” We are all creative but by the time we are three or four years old, someone has knocked the creativity out of us.  Some people shut their kids up who tell stories. Kids dance in their cribs but someone insists they sit still. By the time the creative people are ten or twelve they want to be like everyone else.”

Maya Angelou

 

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Feel free to comment. This is learning for me. I have some misgiving about the post. Please know understand I am not exactly suggesting that children teach themselves, more like— children should not be evaluated on their drawing as a means of demonstrating their understanding of concepts. I feel there is no training in drawing but merely evaluation and expectations. The influence I have had on my child’s drawing is fairly worldly. When I look to exemplars in the curriculum I get discouraged. Lots of children particularly boys draw things that are absolutely incomprehensible b/c they draw things move and work, b/c that is what they are attracted to. I feel that some educators don’t appreciate that and mark static drawings with captions underneath as correct.  A practice that discourages creativity and can be one of the reasons that so many of us turn away from the arts as something they don’t relate to. Drawing can be away to communicate your understanding but I’m not sure this is being executed in a way that doesn’t discourage some of our youngsters. thank you

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Are you with me?  I look to these images and I get a little angry.  I think of the younger ones in grade one getting marked on their understanding of concepts based on their drawings. Drawing development doesn’t match exemplars. And think about gender;  boys don’t  naturally draw this way, it is inculcated. I am not claiming that I understand how children draw.  But I resent this clear misconception. Don’t structure the way that children draw. Let them teach you and unlock the  heart.

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Can’t help myself

Sometimes I feel compelled to quote myself…
“It doesn’t matter what you’re using; its about teaching literacies, numeracies, fluencies, learning skills, preparing students for the world. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a chisel and rock. be essential.” (Weir, Thursday)
I am really attracted to the visual tension created when we combine ancient sources in a modern context.

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Please, put your name on the page

In grade nine visual arts, the students taught me just what it means to be  clear.  If you want them to draw a plan for a project you must structure that as a step by step exercise.  Most of the time the students didn’t plan but they did produce work.

I would stop that process at different points and get them to sketch out their ideas, for the next steps.  I would provide various resources for ideas.  This is an important skill to work on. When a project gets planned and not merely executed the outcome is so much more complex.

Teaching students to plan a project in any discipline is teaching a learning skill that is so important.  I showed students my “good examples” where maker used blog to document their planning, execution, and products in application.

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