It will be a pleasure to meet families on Friday, as students welcome them into their art studio to decide on an art goal for the year. We shall start by asking the child if he/she already has a goal in mind. It is likely that their idea for a personal goal will link to one of the bigger ideas presented on paper, on the tables. If so, we shall help him/her to make that connection. I plan to sit with as many families as possible to assist students in coming to a decision. The goal categories are presented as ‘big ideas’ and have been created in a way to provide students ways of incorporating their art goal into everyday life, as opposed to during art class alone.

  • Love Learning
  • Respect
  • Contribute
  • Discovering Art
  • Creativity
  • Reading and Art
  • Follow my Dreams

During these meetings students will be encouraged to think about how they can achieve these goals. What is specifically needed in order to work towards this ongoing goal? Example, those who say they would like to learn to draw animals: Suggestions would include, finding ‘how to draw’ books in the library, watching (with parental consent) Youtube Tutorials (eg. How to draw tigers), and better still, drawing from real life (draw pets in your living room, or a family visit to the zoo), or begin a photo album and sketch book around the topic of animals, or cut out magazine pictures also. The point is to have students understand that there are a variety of sources from where they can find and gather information and find inspiration, and that they can be independently responsible for their personal learning journey.

In previous years, I have found these discussions to be very insightful. They have provided me an opportunity to hear about the individual’s specific interests, their enthusiasm, and it is also fantastic to hear some students explaining their goals to their parents, with great use of art vocabulary!

If the room is crowded, please feel free to sit at one of the tables with your child, initiate goals discussions, present the options on the table, and help him/her to complete a goals paper. Please make sure your child writes his/her name and class on the paper so that we may keep it in his/her portfolio. If, for any reason, you miss an opportunity to speak with me, and would like to, please feel free to email me, to make another appointment time.

Below are the suggestions which will be provided, and an example of the ‘Goals Sheet’. These will be placed inside their portfolio next week. We look forward to seeing you Friday.