My Art 2: Painting/Drawing students finally finished their altered books, and let me tell you what… they are fabulous. (As a side note, I think I have been in Texas too long if I just wrote the phrase “let me tell you what.”) Anyway, I knew some were going to be a home run, but I wasn’t prepared for almost every book having at least one amazing page. Normally I get some great books and a few that could have been great, but were never finished. And, of course there are the ones that should have never been allowed to become artworks.
This year, I had a hard time deciding which page in several books to display. It makes me feel so good as a teacher to see such exploration. And, throughout the process, my kids just weren’t learning from me or on their own…they were ASKING OTHER KIDS about what they were doing. And some of the kids didn’t even like each other. AWESOME!!!!
I will be doing this again, but much sooner in the year as I think it really opens up the definition of what can be done with art. In fact, perhaps I will introduce the Altered Book to Art 1 towards the end of next year.