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Adaptability (required)

I have been working on lesson plans for my internship.  This is surprisingly time-consuming.   It may be because I spend too much time over details, making my presentations look just so, or doing research about an artist, or making sample projects.  My sister jokes that it is because I exemplify the West Family Motto: ANYTHING WORTH DOING IS WORTH OVERDOING.  In any case, lesson planning takes me a long, long time.  It is also interesting and challenging (in a good way) to figure out new ways to teach art skills and concepts.

I have been working on a texture lesson plan for Drawing and Painting with the idea that my students will use invented texture in a composition of their own.  I made a Prezi (like a Power Point only way cooler) to show them examples, and defined actual texture, simulated texture, and invented texture for them so they would know the difference.  I thought of several ways to approach the texture lesson and decided on invented texture (which for those of you who do not know, is the use of pattern to enhance a concept or object in an artwork).  This was going to be in ink, on heavy paper.  On Friday, my mentor teacher realized we would not have the time we expected for the texture lesson because students are taking more time to complete the current project than anticipated.  Over the weekend, I adjusted the lesson to make it shorter.  Yesterday we decided that perhaps it should be changed to incorporate the acrylic painting skills we need to introduce next, which will be in a monochromatic color scheme.   Last night I changed it to a short lesson on invented texture using acrylics in a monochromatic color scheme which would incorporate opaque and transparent use of acrylics, using alla prima and glazing application methods.  This morning when the first Drawing and Painting class got to work, we decided it would be best to let them finish the current project and do only a brief introduction to acrylic painting application.  So that’s what we did.  Adaptability is a quality required in the teaching profession.  As much work as this process has been (and, mind you, I admit to subscribing to the West Family Motto on occasion creating extra work for myself) it has also been a reminder of what teaching is.  Change.  Adapting to it.  Adjusting for it.  Planning around it.  Embracing it.  Now I get to rework the texture lesson the way I want it and present it later in the semester, which will be super, because I won’t be rushing through it or trying to introduce twelve things at once.  I hope.

~ by anitawesto on November 14, 2012.

drawing & painting, teaching