Josh shares some takeaways from our Nov. 20th meeting.
I have a few thematic investigation ideas. A few are "Home", "Coming Home", "Neighborhoods", and "My Chicago".
As far as takeaways, I'm starting to think about how the chalk-talk approach to coming up with ideas for themes relates to TAB and how it fits into other artists' approaches to art-making, including my own. I'm also becoming curious about how the activity relates to motivation in art-making and how a sense of community is activated through conversation and idea development.
When I conducted the chalk-talk approach to theme brainstorming, the students I teach brought violence and gangs into the conversation. Both topics are serious issues for artists to explore legitimately, but it's not safe in a school setting to explore both issues because it's dangerous due to gang relations among the student body.