Congratulations to the many students, and their teachers, recognized at the Technology+Art=NOW reception yesterday evening. The artwork is stellar, and you should be incredibly proud!
I also want to thank — and congratulate — Arts Herndon, the organization that organizes this program. I want to thank them for recognizing our artists for excellence and for providing monetary scholarship awards to encourage these students in their endeavors. That may all make sense but it may seem less clear why I would want to congratulate them as well.
I want to congratulate them for their vision. Arts Herndon recognizes that significant advances in creativity and innovation are happening at the place where art and technology intersect. The Technology+Art=NOW program is a clear demonstration of this belief, but the really impressive part is that they have been doing this for ten years! Kudos, my friends, Kudos!
NASA director Charles Bolden was at a local high school today giving a talk to the astronomy classes. One of the art teachers, Kenny, jumped on the opportunity to take his advanced photography and computer graphics students to listen. Kenny shared his opening thoughts:
“He began his talk, addressing the importance of art on advancements in science and how all that NASA does would not be possible without the creativity of artists.”
There are dozens of presentations in the catalog addressing a relationship between art instruction and another discipline: Art and Writing, Art and Science, Art and Math, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics).
Bettyann Plisker’s presentation, Spark Creativity: Merge Writing and Art, included a message that I hope is being reiterated in each of these.
Keep art instruction at the forefront.
Bettyann did a great job illustrating how writing supports art instruction, not the other way around. Several specific examples were shared that showed how using writing in art instruction served to meet art standards and happened to, at the same time, meet writing standards.
Writing in art supports and improves student learning. That’s why we do it — not to validate our curriculum by teaching a “more important” subject at the same time.
I hope this is the message you are hearing at the other Art and… sessions.
This year a few of our schools worked with the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) to develop some exciting STEAM projects. Check out this video to hear about some of the innovative ways schools were integrating the arts and sciences.
At the risk of driving away viewers, I am using the glorious visage of my buddy, John Adams. Thanks, John, for all of your work to support these projects!
There are inventive and helpful people out in the world, and this is especially true in our schools. An art teacher friend of mine shared this problem-solving story that displays the power of STEAM.Continue reading STEAM Hack→
K-12 students are excited by technology — engrossed in it — connected to it in ways many of us, who are not digital natives, cannot begin to understand. A variety of technologies have amazing potential to enhance art instruction and student learning by taking advantage of this natural connection. I’d like to share one such exciting example — an architecture lesson I saw recently.