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A composite of three images. The first features four students holding hands in a circle while a teaching artist plays a hand drum. The second features two students seated, one is playing the violin while the other watches. The third image features an assortment of hand percussion instruments: maracas, triangles, bells, finger cymbals, a guiro, tambourine, egg shakers, etcetera.
Notice, Describe & Ask: Music
A language practice centered on kids' choices that nurtures artistic and academic working and thinking.
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Integrate this protocol...
...to describe the choices kids make when playing an instrument.
...to describe percussion choices.
...in any lesson where kids make musical choices.
Teacher with arms extended like wings leading students with bird headdress masks in a line to practice soaring. In the forground other students, some wearing coyote headdress masks, watch the bird group.
Notice, Describe & Ask: Physical Expression
A language protocol that allows children to feel seen for who they are, while building their ability to speak for themselves.
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…to notice and validate a wider variety of physical choices.
… to describe kids’ physical choices with specificity & equal enthusiasm.
… in any activity where kids make expressive physical choices.
Composite image: 1) Student experimenting with yellow torn paper strips and crumpled blue paper 2) A student shows a dramatic example of what the feeling surprise could look like 3) A girl shows the puppet character she has drawn 4) a child wiggles his eyebrows to make the same face as the puppet he has collaged with 5 shapes.
Centering Artistic Choicemaking
Examples, tips and tools to help you support children in developing their choicemaking skills across expressive media
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Find tools for…
…removing barriers to choice
…focusing, clarifying and supporting choice
…assessing choicmaking in your lessons
Kindergartner admires the puppet head she made with a sad face and big eyelashes.
Working with Emotions
How can teachers support kids in working through the emotional highs and lows of their art making process?
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…supporting joy.
…dealing with frustration.
…addressing emotionally charged content.
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3 Phase Artistic Process
How can teachers provide young artists with a structure that builds the skills and mindset artists use to develop expression independently?
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…observing and learning from students
…noticing and describing
…facilitating a process focused classroom
A student with extreme focus vigorously squeezes a bottle of glue that drips onto the headdress mask she is working on at her desk.
Observe & Support: Visual artists at work
Tools for educators to build their observation skills and support students to discover how they like to work as artists.
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Find tools for
…observing and learning from visual artists at work
…responsive planning.
…supporting a range of artistic working processes
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Observe & Support Tool: VisualArts
Use this observation tool to help you notice the variety of ways young visual artists choose to work during independent art making time.
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Use this tool to...
...notice the variety of ways your students choose to work as artists.
...reflect on what you learn
...find ways to support & offer new ways of working
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Describing Tool: Make your own
Give yourself support to notice & describe the choices that artists make Give yourself support to notice & describe the choices that artists make in your art form. We recommend...
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Use this tool to…
...call attention to the expressive possibilities with your artform
...notice the variety of choices students make.
…help you to describe the variety of choices that students make with specificity.
A composite image of the describing tool for torn paper collage and a collage made by a kindergarten students that layers many peices of pink torn paper within two large to create texture and smaller peices of paper in pairs of constrasting colors.
Describing Tool: Torn Paper Collage
Give yourself support to notice & describe your students’ torn paper collages with specificity.
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Describe to...
... encourage curiosity & risk taking in the Explore & Describe Torn Paper Collage lesson.
... see and affirm the imaginative choices that young artists make.
...create a language rich art making environment.
A composite image of the the describing tool for drawing with pencil and a child holding their pencil drawing up to the camera. Their marks fill the entire page. They are using a variety of lines to create shapes.
Describing Tool: Drawing
Give yourself support to notice & describe your students’ drawings with specificity
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Use this tool to...
...find specific, rich language to model in the Explore & Describe Drawing with Pencil lesson.
...build language & support kids' in developing their work anytime they are drawing.