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Chay Ross, Artist, was born and raised in the surrounding areas of South Bay and Los Angeles California. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Arts Education from California State University, Los Angeles, which allowed her to train and study interdisciplinary areas within the arts and education profession. To advance her academic discipline, she went on to earn her Masters of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) and single-subject teacher certification in Visual Arts. In her spare time, she likes to do arts & crafts. She also likes to watch YouTube videos to learn various new skills.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My Art Class: 1week-1year of experience. Ages 4-6

These are some of my kid's art work. For some of them, this is their very first. None of these students have been with me over a year.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Mistakes: Teach and LEARN

At 3am, this is weighing heavy on my mind. I made a couple of mistakes in the last few weeks and I need to fix them right away. For instance, I wrote a lesson plan, implemented it for the first time, and now I have to rewrite at least 30% of it. Please keep in mind that these are MY mistakes and not my students. Here are some of my bloopers and possible solutions.

1) Artwork unfinished : It's a good thing I take pictures of every art piece my students complete for my own review. I was browsing through the photos and spotted the mistake. I have seen this art work numerous times, yet I did not realize it was incomplete. Luckily this is an easy fix. I just need to call the students home and ask the parent to send it back (yes it is that important to me). The student only needs to touch-up/fill-in an area (blue area to the right). This may not seem like that big of a deal, but I don't feel it will represent the 4th of July until this is done. It shouldn't take no more than 5 minuets.

2) Art Lesson Improvement. I would not go as far to say that this lesson was a complete failure because I received some pretty good results. But after the lesson was completed, it became clear how it can be improved. This is the problem with brand new lesson plans. The mistakes are not foreseeable. Ways to improve are (a) create the lesson before it is implemented, if possible, and (b) seek advise from a more experienced teacher.

The moral of this post is, teachers will make mistakes. Don't freak out if you realize you did something wrong, just make sure you do everything you can to fix it and avoid doing it in the future. Please don't be afraid to ask someone for help. It is good to collaborate with someone. Teach and LEARN :)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Science of Teaching: Beginning Drawing. - by Chalon Ross

The science of teaching is universal to all subjects. For the purpose of this column, it will relate to art and will be broken down into several categories. The categories include (1) Teachers using a behaviorists approach. A behaviorist goal is to alter a person's behavioral patterns. This can be explained best in terms of conditioning students' work habits in order to complete the drawing assignment. (2) Making cause and effect learning connections. If a students moves ahead of the teacher, this may cause the student to do the task incorrectly. Whereas, if the student patiently waits for the proceeding step then follows along, it is highly likely for the student to have a positive outcome. This will be explained to students prior to the lesson in order to avoid any mishaps. (3) The teacher must use observable and measurable terms. Teaching using a scientific methods requires studying and methodology. Therefore, when teaching how to draw using a step by step approach, it is vital that students are familiarized with basic terms and symbols such as circles, ovals, and squares prior to the lesson in order to comply. (4) Teacher must use a step-by-step sequential process. The step by step method will be the final stage in teaching as a science. Once the processes previously mentioned are achieved, students will now be able to follow along with the teacher. The first step is drawing the main subject, followed by the middle ground and the background if applicable.

But hey, this is nothing new. In fact, in relation to the arts, this is the Gluck Method.