Inquiry Based Learning is the new wave in education and Art teachers are expected to jump in! Luckily, I have found that much of what art students and teachers do in class is already somewhat in line with the Inquiry based approach. Self-directed learning, with research and writing is the basic idea behind this educational trend. The teacher acts more as a guide and assistant as the students complete their learning. Our staff was a bit leary of giving up control! However, what we found out was that the students learned SO much and learned about a topic at much deeper levels with this teaching method! It was well worth the step out of our comfort zone to try this new apraoch out! Our school just finished a school-wide Inquiry Learning Project with the topic of Children's Health. The outcome and Student's Final Presentation Night was fantastic!
As the art teacher, I was asked to somehow support this school-wide project in art class. I ended up having the students create paper mache food sculptures that were a healthy or a non-healthy food choice. The students were also required to research and write about their food's nutritional value and heath risks and benefits for an inquiry based closure. While papier mache food sculpures have been around since the Pop Art movement, the inquiry based learning adds a new twist. I thought I would share this idea and the Inquiry Based research paper with my lesson plan if anyone is in need of an idea for an Inquiry project . The students loved this lesson and they wrote informative papers too! Our finished display was really enjoyed by parents and students!Paper Mache Food Sculpture Inquiry Based Learning in ART
by Susanne Reisterer
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