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Documenting the Process of Thinking and Creating in Pre-AP Arts Classrooms

In the Pre-AP Arts classroom, teachers help students record their creative processes and reflect on the development of their artistic works. This workshop is based on the idea that students who are reflective about their artistic choices become adept in building skills in their disciplines. Participants learn how to get students to trace the evolution of their thinking, including idea generation, ongoing revision and refinement, and presentation of their work for an audience. Workshop activities include an examination of the Pre-AP Visual and Performing Arts Course Framework, as well as work with formative assessments, inquiry-led dialogues, and exploratory critiques.

Objectives

Teachers will:

  • Examine how Pre-AP Arts Course Frameworks emphasize choice-making, so students are able  to think critically and creatively as artists.
  • Practice  classroom exercises to engage students in analysis, reflection, and metacognition.
  • Enhance their teaching skills by planning daily instruction alongside peer feedback.

Facilitating Risk-Taking, Inventiveness, and Experimentation in the Pre-AP Arts Classroom

The Pre-AP Arts classroom facilitates risk-taking, inventiveness, and experimentation, so  students can engage more deeply in the visual and performing art creative process. This workshop shows how trial and error supports  students who are more confident and willing to improve their skills. Participants learn how to provide guided, structured opportunities for student choice and agency in each phase of the creative process. 

Objectives

Teachers will:

  • Examine how Pre-AP Arts Course Frameworks emphasize choice-making, so  students can find new techniques and expressions for their work.
  • Work hands-on with guiding and exploratory questions, as well as with reflective activities that feature critical thinking.
  • Apply their learning to their discipline by planning daily instruction alongside peer feedback.