I had two issues that I was struggling to solve in my classroom. One was that students I wanted to maximize classroom time with bell to bell learning and the second was that my students were starved for art history knowledge.
The first issue, bell to bell learning is challenging in the art classroom because clean up time of materials is a necessary thing. It always felt great when students successfully cleaned up their supplies and were ready to go to their next class. We got good at the clean up part but then I had students waiting by the door on their phones.
I realized that I could capitalize on this screen time by assigning weekly art history challenges. So each week I created this list: Art History Challenges and had the students create a page of images and facts on an artist.
I started this at the beginning of the year and although a few weeks slipped by the students now have a rich collection of knowledge and art history pages that they created and more importantly the bell to bell learning time is utilized and their knowledge of art history has expanded.
Here are some examples of the student Art History Challenges
My architecture students had the pleasure of visiting three wonderful spaces and meeting with talented architects and designers last week.
Here is a summary of our great day!
We are fortunate here at BHS to have Ariana Fabrizio,
daughter of Anthony Fabrizio and owner of Fabrizio
Corporation. This successful business is known for the high
quality millwork that they create for commercial and
The students toured their wonderful shop and got to see
a CNC machine in action!
Here is what Brendan had to say:
"I did not know The CNC machine at Fabrizio Corp could make such complicated designs and make a copy of something that was made by hand 100 years ago."
My proud teacher moment came at CBT Architects when my two former students
Dan Ricardelli and Meagan Kelley welcomed us to their office. Dan is a registered architect and Meagan is an interior designer with the firm, Robin Adams ( CBT Interior Designer) the students toured CBT's great building. They learned about the day to day work of designers at that firm, saw their library and even got to see the model building workshop in action!
"I liked touring the CBT firm, as it was interesting to see what the actual work space and building of a firm looks like, and hearing what its like to work there from someone on a similar path to me. " Ryan, Grade 10
AUTODESK Build Space
Last year Autodesk created a build space that you can read about here:
Designer Ben Uyeda of HomeMade-Modern has generous donated his time to BHS students once again, He met us at Autodesk and shared the information about the Autodesk space and toured the students through. He discussed his projects and how he as used the tools to enhance his designs and experiment.
Fashion Blogger and Designer Kristy Lyons
And the last treat for the day was a meet up with former student and Designer
Kristy Lyons. Kristy is not only a fashion blogger @ style-blueprint.com. Kristy also works at Consigli Construction in construction management.
Thank you to all of wonderful designers and artists who graciously took time to educate our students!
Christina Chang teaches art and design to students in grades 9-12.