What happens if a child is absent or if, by circumstances like feeling overwhelmed by being out on the town, a child does not gather the same information as the next? These are questions I must answer or at least attempt to shake out from our field trip yesterday. And this is good. Very good. As a teacher, I like to ask myself "Why?" and "Why not?" daily, even minute-to-minute. Then once these questions are posed, turned upside down and inside out, I ask "How?".
We will be using the paintings of Chris Martin (Corcoran Gallery of Art) to lead the discussion for the final project of our Sense of Place exploration. A child was absent and because of the way the Corcoran (an absolutelyWONDERFUL destination, ALWAYS) plans their school tours, the groups of children had distinctly different experiences. They divide the class into two smaller groups and two docents lead each of these. This is sound practice, but in this case, one group did not get to see all of the Chris Martin paintings and of course, part of any field trip plan must include a plan for absent students!
What to do?
Here is a photo journey of what we did next . . .
|Step 3: Take a look!|
|Step 4: Take a look at patterns.|
|Step 5: Sketch! Chris Martin sketched his ideas out before transferring these to large canvases.|
Next up: Paint the sketches and then plan out the large paintings!