I love the range of approaches to inquiry learning and the variety of voices at Inquire Within. It’s wonderful to constantly have new educators wanting to add their voices to this community. It’s especially pleasing to have contributors posting here who don’t have their own blogs. But we have not yet heard a student voice. In this post, I’d like to share a reflection by an 8-year-old, as a result of her inquiry into art.
The Year 3 children (and teachers) explored the ways in which artists express their creativity as well as their own responses to and interpretations of art. The key concepts which guided the inquiry were form, function and perspective.
I’m told the unit was a great success for the entire learning community, as teachers inquired alongside their students and deepened their own understandings about art. Rochelle, one of the teachers, shared the piece below and I asked permission to publish it here.
Rochelle replied that Poppy, although sometimes quiet and shy to speak publicly, is beautifully creative and expresses herself freely in writing. She is thrilled to have her learning shared on Inquire Within, where it will be viewed by teachers from all over the world. Her reflection expresses her thoughts before and after the inquiry…
What is Art? by Poppy
I used to think art was only a pencil on paper, a painted picture. I didn’t know creativity and art wasn’t only drawing and paintings. When someone asked me what art was, I said what you draw on paper with pencil or paint, those kinds of things.
Now I understand that art can be whatever you believe, imagine, or think it to be. Lots of things are art, you just have to find the creativity in it. You can feel creative, emotional, and imaginative about it. There are lots of forms of art. Also there are different elements of art, and every piece of art needs at least one of the elements in them. You can express your feelings and emotions through art. You may think art is something different than others think, but still, there are no wrong or rights.
I think some artists get their ideas by looking at other artist’s paintings and get ideas from them. Some artists paintings make me feel happy because they use bright colours, and bright colours obviously represent happy. Some make me feel sad, because they use dark colours and dark colours obviously represent sad.
There are lots of different kinds of art, like abstract, portraits, surrealism, and much more. I think abstract is a kind of art that, when you make it, it makes sense to you, but not much sense to whoever else is looking at it. There are lots of different shapes and colours in abstract it’s very confusing!
Artists are trying to show how they feel without using words. It is quite interesting, too! They use their creativity and imagination to create it. Sometimes you don’t understand what artists are trying to tell you. That’s because other people see different things you see in art. People may not like what you like, because other people have different tastes than you do, just like with food.