Choice-Based Art classrooms are working studios where students learn through authentic art making. Control shifts from teacher to learner as students explore ideas and interests in art media of their choice. This concept supports multiple modes of learning to meet the diverse needs of our students.
The classroom art studio is comprised of stations that feature all the supplies necessary for a specific artistic process, whether it’s drawing, painting, or collage. The number of different stations will depend on the age of the student and the amount of classroom space available. Students can assess what’s available to them, study different techniques and examples, and then decide what they want to create.
Choice-based art is important because it develops forward-thinking individuals who can innovate rather than just follow directions. Equipping the next generation with an appreciation and understanding of visual arts will ultimately improve the function of society as a whole. Creating personal pieces of art is a process that requires decision-making and risk taking. When children are encouraged to express themselves with art, they develop a sense of innovation, a skill that is highly useful in academia and beyond. Children also fine-tune their basic motor skills and expand their vocabulary in the process of creating and explaining their artistic creations. Exposure to others’ art leads to an awareness and acceptance of other cultures, and ultimately strengthens societal bonds.