What is Choice?
Choice is a good thing... a really, really good thing, especially in education. Choice empowers students and their teachers. In the choice-based classroom, each student navigates his or her own path. The teacher acts as a facilitator, providing multiple avenues for deep learning. And in this way, a relationship of trust is built, as the teacher comes to know each student's interests and strengths. A teacher who knows her students well, knows how to "hook" each child's curiosity, even for things she realizes that the child might not be inclined to want to know.
Art Begins with a Mini-Lesson.
Students are taught creative art making techniques, art history and theory through short mini-lessons (5-15 minutes) at the beginning of class. After the discussion/demonstration, all are free to choose their work in any open studio. This arrangement fosters independence, creative and critical thinking and a strong work ethic. Students are responsible for their own materials and the care of the studios.