Friday, September 30, 2011

Simulcast of Oct. 6th Lois Hetland Presentation

The Lois Hetland presentation next Thursday, October 6th has been "oversold." If you are unable to attend this event in person, please check out the free simulcast.

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Lois Hetland Presentation Next Week!

As a reminder, Lois Hetland, author of Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of a Visual Arts Education, will be presenting her Studio Thinking Framework at the Chicago Teachers' Center on Thursday, October 6th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in conjunction with Arts at the Center's Studio Thinking and American Art project.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


I'm really excited to be working with Lois. I appreciate her openness to learning and sharing her work. I wonder how this complex aspect of the language will translate to my students.
Hello to all of my new Studio Thinking friends!
Please join me for my one man show Ruined at the Mush Room Gallery (rm# 300 in the Flat Iron Arts Bldg.) on Friday Oct. 7th from 6-10pm

Suggestions for Reading Studio Thinking


In our conversation with Lois Hetland today we asked her how teachers should approach reading her book Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of a Visual Arts Education. Here is what she recommends:

1. Pay attention to the concepts.

2. Make note of the technical definitions compared to the traditional definitions you might have.

3. Why did the author write this book? What did they want me to get from this writing? What is their intention?

4. Connections to self - what can I do with this?

I hope this helps.

Kate & Matt

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Blogging Guidelines

Hi Everyone,

As we begin this project, we thought it would be useful to review some guidelines for a rich blogging conversation.

1) Create an account.
It's important that we have full participation to ensure that this is an active learning community. You need a Google/Blogger/Gmail account to use Blogger. If you don't have a one, please create one here.
2) Frequency of posts.
You will post one new entry each month and comment twice on others' posts each month. (1 post, 2 comments per month). We'll give you a prompt for writing but you can also share your own thoughts around using ST and AA in the classroom.

3) What to include in your post.
  • Appropriate language. If it is Not Safe for Work (NSFW) should you post it? Or just alert others that it is NSFW?
  • If you are using photos, videos or audio of students, make sure you have appropriate student media releases.
  • For video clips, media files, photos, etc. Proper citations, including pieces of art. 
  • Use links to help reference what you are writing about.
  • Each post needs to include at least one of the following labels: Studio Thinking, Studio Structures, Hetland, American Art, Environment. You can add additional labels that describe your post, to make it easier for others searching for it.
  • Try to break up your text to help the reader. Short declarative sentences in short paragraphs. It's difficult to read long pages of solid text without any space online.
  • Images are lovely.

4) Connect to Social Media. Share this blog with your colleagues through social media. Should others comment on the blog?

5) Some of our favorite blogs
Here are some examples of blogs we think have posts that successfully engage readers through their writing, media and links.

Remember this is an opportunity for us to showcase our work to a large audience. It's a professional blog with connections to an international ST group. Let's do our best to highlight our excellent work in Chicago.

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Centipede's Dilemma

In a recent visit to Berwyn, Lois Hetland spoke with art teacher, Andrea Siegler, about applying the Studio Thinking Framework to her own practice. Within this conversation, Hetland references a poem called, "The Centipede's Dilemma" to illustrate the painfulness of getting stuck in one's purpose.

A centipede was happy quite,
Until a frog in fun
Said, "Pray, which leg comes after which?"
This raised her mind to such a pitch,
She lay distracted in the ditch
Considering how to run.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Our Hopes for this Blog

Learning Community:

Welcome to the Studio Thinking and American Art project. We see this space as a forum for an on-going conversation around your classroom practice in relation to use of the Studio Thinking Framework (pg 52-60), use of American art content and strategies and considerations of the physical environment of your studio within your school. Postings of student artwork, questions around how to use a particular strategy, and comments about each other's postings are what this space is all about.

It is our hope that as you problem-solve, stretch and explore, and envision how to use these approaches in your classroom, a learning community will develop, providing conversation, reflection and connection for a stronger art practice in our public schools.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lois Hetland comes to Chicago

We're excited to announce that Lois Hetland, co-author of the Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of a Visual Arts Education will be in Chicago on Oct. 6th from 4-7 p.m. at the Chicago Teachers' Center to present the Studio Thinking framework. To RSVP contact All CPS art teachers are invited to attend.