Every year, between end of February and the April break I design lessons in the Art Studio around the concept of 'thinking differently'. While artists are always thinking differently, during this period I often design and present challenges that stretch students ideas of what might be art, or artful, or I challenge them to transform objects into unexpected works of art.
The overarching theme in this broad unit is my way to pay homage to the concept of “Think Different”, so eloquently presented in the Apple computer ad campaign of the same name from the 1990’s ( if you are not familiar with its worth a look up as its truly inspirational). During this period of art challenges a number of the lessons will focus on process of making art, even more so than the product, and many will be “ Make and Takes”.
In addition we will touch briefly on some of the artists and innovators who ‘thought differently’ starting with Dr. Seuss whose birthday is March 2nd, to Vincent Van Gogh ( March 30), Leonardo Da Vinci ( April 15) and even Albert Einstein (March 14).
Lessons will range from Beautiful Oops books, to Scranimals, to Reverse Scranimals, Artist Trading cards, stop motion animation and contraption designs. Below are some highlights of works created so far.