Sylvia, my co-teacher, and I, had the children reflect back on their learning for the year. We had studied trees, birds, stars and space, flowers, and octopuses, along with the artists Henry Moore (“Bird and Egg”), Vincent van Gogh (“Starry Night”), John Hoyland (“Space Warriors”), Beatrix Potter, and Georgia O’Keeffe (“Red Poppy”). Here are some of their reflections regarding artist studies:
Although their statements may seem concrete and basic, the children are accurately applying new vocabulary that they learned this year (abstract, fiction). They are also visually expressing their learning through their illustrations, which they all created first, before writing their statements. They are showing that they understand the “big picture” of each artist.
Some children wrote about other areas of their learning:
It is interesting for us to see which facts “stuck out” for the children. We also had the children reflect on the things that they will miss about our class.
We also asked what they WON’T miss:
We were sad to see that “messy art” and “so much writing” were in this set of reflections. Ah, the realities of teaching your passion…