Stretch & Explore with Studio Habits of Mind
When I taught elementary art, I usually had certain materials and supplies on my tables that students could use at any time: boxes of all kinds of scrap papers, wall paper, fabrics and trims, glue, hole punches, and regular and “fancy” scissors. And the projects my students were most likely to get lost in (and lose track of time), were playful ones that they could embellish and extend as desired. Though I arrived at this approach more intuitively at the time, I now realize how well this fit with the Studio Habit of Mind called Stretch and Explore.
|The NAEA Board at the New Orleans Museum of Art|
This year each SchoolArts issue is focusing on one of the eight dispositions of the Studio Habits of Mind, found in Studio Thinking 2: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education, published in 2013 by Teachers College Press and the National Art Education Association. Stretch and Explore may be my favorite.