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As part of our school's evaluation process we are asked to create a yearly Student Learning Goal.
My goal this year is Growth Mindset.
I set the goal that by April 2023, at least 75% of my students in will demonstrate a growth mindset in in one of the following components of their art-making.:
In demonstrating a growth mindset, they will:
To measure their growth mindset, students were be assessed by using the following resources:
Growth Mindset Questionnaire
Growth Mindset Survey
We discussed what growth mindset looks like in the art room:
Growth Mindset believes Believes talent can improve
Fixed Mindset believes that Believes talent is fixed
Students created SMART Goals and utilized the following questions to engage in a thoughtful conversation about growth mindset. The template is from the Art of Education.
Students took a survey on Growth Mindset as well.
Here is a comparison of this student's work from the beginning of the year to the spring time.
You can see the growth and level of improvement in his work.
Here is a another student who demonstrated growth in observation skills, aesthetics and composition
Here is another student who demonstrates growth and development in her work. Her goals include observational drawing, composition and expression.
After David Sakura spoke to all of the sophomores the Students for Asian Cultural Awareness met for a day of "Activism".
The Day included the following activities for students:
Here are Links to the Resources:
AAPI Activism Day Bingo Card
AAPI Activism Day Activity Sheets
Letter for AAPI Curriculum
The students have been quite busy creating a wide variety of artwork. Here are some drawings, paintings and digital pieces.
Students in the Computer Graphics course use the fall class time to learn and discover how to create original and thoughtful works of art using Adobe Photoshop.
It is great to see how quickly the students become adept at the program!
Here is some of the great art that they have created so far:
The Art and Italian Classes had a delightful trip to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum! For many of the students it was the first time visiting the museum. Check out the photos of our trip and the art that we saw.
Students had an art lesson on perspective drawing from Boston Artist Arnie Casavant.
Check out the great work that the students created:
Watercolor painting by Afsa, Grade 9
Drawing by Julia, Grade 12
Watercolor painting by Dino, Grade 9
Watercolor painting by Marissa, Grade 11
The Studio Art and Drawing and Painting classes will be going on a field trip to Rockport, MA. Watch this video to learn more about Motif#1
Here is the information about the trip:
The objective of the field trip is to learn how to draw the landscape for observation. Please watch the following video about composition.
Here is a video of an artist painting Motif #1 for you to checkout
This year the Art Club hosted an art contest. The theme of the show was "Multiple Perspectives" Anna Perl was awarded Best of Show for her mixed media drawing and Dove Jimenez was awarded an Honorable Mention for the digital work of art.
The students submitted great works of art you can check them out in the slideshow below.
Special thanks to our Judges Art Educator, Laura Johnson and UX Designer Keith March Mistler.
The Students for Asian Cultural Awareness club took on a wonderful community service project this year.
After discussing how they wanted and need more Asian American content and their curriculum that decided to create book packs of Asian American children's books and donate them to each elementary school.
The students went to Barnes and Noble and read through many books! They looked for stories that they felt were accurate and represented them.
Here is the list of books and reviews of the books that they picked.
Students were asked to share why they want more Asian American Pacific Islander curriculum added and here are some of their responses:
"I think it's important to represent everyone in school Our predominately white curriculum makes many feel outcast in a school and in our country. It puts into our heads that white is the "norm" and can cause many to dislike the minorities because they are different. In a way the erasure contributes to the massive issue of racism" Grade 10 student
"the under representation affects the way non-Asian American children view their Asian American peers. Sometimes in a derogatory and ignorant lens. That lens will most likely cause the sense of low self confidence, poor self image, and trauma. History tends to be "white- washed" in the curriculum, taking away from the true concepts that should be taken from historical context. " Grade 10 student
The Design Challenge for the Web Design students was to create an app that is helpful with solving a problem. The students spent lots of time learning and applying Design Thinking skills.
Before designing the app the students had to write a problem statement, create an empathy map, a user journey and persona for the user. They then sketched ideas for their app design and then created a prototype of the app using Adobe XD.
Check out these great student app designs:
Celeste created an app to help students manage their time efficiently.
Emelie created an app titled "Study Session"
Logan and Akshay worked together to create a Sign Language App. You can check out their app on Logan's Website