Art class plan with Animation,'Love yourself'
I am currently teaching an online art class for Myanmar orphanage children. Before class, I thought about whether online art classes would be effective and which art classes would be suitable for Myanmar children. This concern is very important to me and my life because my vision is to create effective art educational programs for immigrant and third world children. I had prepared for this vision before. As part of the preparation, I ran a project ‘Paint with 1 dollar watercolor paint’ and successfully sold the result of this project at a local gallery's outdoor art show. Through these sales, I thought of various ways to avoid giving up on art due to the quality of paints or materials.
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So I thought this project would be effective for Myanmar children. On the first day, I asked the orphanage to prepare the following materials.
But the Myanmar orphanage only had recycled A4 paper, scissors, crayons, and glue. In short, even a dollar, they cannot be spent for art. In addition, the children taking classes had to share a computer screen in a narrow and dark room. Therefore, it was very difficult to do a project that required a detailed skill or task to be demonstrated and followed.
Therefore, I had to completely change the teaching plan after the first class. In this case, instead of detailed painting, the animation format, which uses crayons with thick lines, was very suitable.
I paid attention to the background of the appearance of graffiti in Journal Adolescents and graffiti Koon-Hwee Kan Art Education; Jan 2001; 54, 1; Research Library. “At the time, high art was criticized for being too institutionalized and intellectual. There was a great discrepancy between the art in the museum and the experience of the common people. Graffiti equates to the search for alternative forms of expression, non-normative forms of communication such as the use of codified language among peers.”
In particular, I found the passage below to touch my heart strongly.
"You are standing at the station. Everything is gray and gloomy. Suddenly, one of the graffiti trains lights up the place like a large bouquet from Latin America. ‘ Famous artist Claes Oldenburg praised the beauty of graffiti. Howarth, 1989"
Like the graffiti train that suddenly appeared in the dark and gloomy classroom of an orphanage in Myanmar, I thought I should show the children a colorful world. And for this purpose, I wrote a lesson plan by applying graffiti.
The main theme of the class is “Love Yourself”. Myanmar is suffering from a long civil war and political conflict. In particular, only 20% of Myanmar children who support the military regime can go to school, and the remaining 80% have to fight the fear of death at home. Even 20 percent of those who go to school take military classes, not art, under soldiers with guns. It's easy to think that art is a luxury for these kids and that they must learn to handle a gun in order to survive. But children must love and discover themselves and dream of their future.
In this sense, the journal What is manga?: The influence of pop culture in adolescent art Masami Toku Art Education; Mar 2001; 54, 2; The passage below from the Research Library is significant.
“By drawing ordinary life scenes in sequential frames through cartoons, students become interested in the life and nature around them. These cartoon activities provide students with an opportunity to find their own identity by making art more meaningful and portraying themselves in a narrative story.
The role of an art teacher is not simply to teach art production skills or the absolute value of art by simply doing art or appreciating art works. Rather, it is about how to draw interest and motivation for the creation of art so that students can find themselves in their own way. Through the process of making the work and the critique of the work, you will discover what art means to your life while contemplating what the work is. To do so, as a teacher, we must introduce various ways of creating art as self-expression, including the various values of different cultures. You have to open your eyes and see what's going on in the world to find out which art themes are most appealing to students.”
In other words, using the effect of these narratives in cartoons, we can help Myanmar children to express themselves and their environment.
In that sense, what I devised is a class to create your own art room. This lesson was inspired by the work of a friend of my child below. My child likes and cherishes this dress book made by a friend out of paper more than any expensive toy. Like Lowenfeld's philosophy on art materials, children's imaginations are more valuable than any manufactured toys.
I thought this would be very effective for Myanmar children who lack materials. So, I planned an art room making class as follows.
First, the materials are recycled paper, crayons, glue, and scissors. You will need 3 sheets of paper in total. First, paint the art room space that becomes the background.
Next, I draw the items to be in the art room in an animated format and cut them out with scissors.
After that, attach the items to the art room prepared in advance. It fits your imagination.
Next, draw a picture for the entrance to the art studio.
A three-dimensional art studio is created by attaching two sheets of paper.
The process of drawing and gluing as you imagine is done sequentially. Children can narrate a lot of this process.
I have found that Myanmar Orphanage's online art classes are dealing with a large number of students, so it is helpful to explore different ways of balancing their collaboration and independence. And it was also introduced in the journal below.
" It will be helpful to explore different methods of assessing collaboration in large class sizes and different ways to balance independence and collaboration in the creative process. Constructivist learning is a dynamic process that must be skillfully facilitated. Facilitating learning requires sensitivity and flexibility. It is not mastered overnight by teachers and students. But it's worth the effort. (Personal perspectives on constructivism in a high school art class by James Francis Hesser)"
In other words, teaching for third world children is a more dynamic process. An effective plan for this process cannot be created overnight. But it's well worth the effort.
Myungja Anna Koh