Tuesday, April 23, 2013

IPC Philippines-- Teaching Style: Integrating Values Through Art

                                                     by Cherry Moriones Doromal

MGIS Art Room-- What a morning! I always get the same prolific experience whenever I visit the art room. As anticipated, I never go out of this area empty-handed, with the visuals of students’ art pieces vividly retained on my mind; hence, stimulating my thoughts to write.

Here's a practical anecdote:

Today, on the lesson of  "still life drawing", the 6th Graders were asked by the practicing artist-teacher Ms. Cecil De Leon-Laya to use oil pastels as medium in illustrating these models:
Still life drawing: The above vases are the subjects
The challenge was for the MGIS student artists to make use only of the primary colors: red yellow and blue

At the end of the session, these were the completed art works by each student:

Group Dynamics. The students were then asked by the teacher of their views about their own work and the work of their classmates. And as expected of kids, initially, they found some drawings odd and made fun of  one another's work.

Therefore, they were given more time to reflect... Finally, the class had a more profound reflection about their work and observed that although they were given the same set of instructions using the same medium over the same subjects, their individual work had been uniquely executed, and each drawing is never exactly identical to any of the other drawings.

Then, just before the bell rang, the teacher said:  " As you may  have noticed, people tend to  perceive the same thing  (subject) differently. There's one work that seems to stand out from the rest because he combined the two drawings in one paper. And,still, there are some work that turned out to have dominant dark green or  intense aqua blue or neon green, using the same set of primary colors... Class,just like you and everybody else, we are all unique in our own ways. Not because one is different, we will reject him or consider him an outcast. We have the thing called  'individual differences', and knowing how people are different from one another will make us more understanding of them."

Up next:
Unity in Diversity/ Collaborative Work--Sculpture,Pottery and Clay Art by MGIS PYP students
Celebrating the Mother Earth--Batik Art by MGIS MYP students

MGIS Art students celebrated Earth Day 2013 using recycled shirts and cloths in their Batic Art project

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Christmas Trees and Memories 
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Mahatma Gandhi International School known as MGIS Manila is an accredited international school recognized by the Department of Education (Philippines) offering International Baccalaureate, International Primary Curriculum and International General Certificate of Secondary Education Cambridge. Its headmaster and highly qualified 21st century educators are IB and IPC trained locally and internationally.

For more information, please visit  their website: www.mgis.com.ph or call at  (632) 7761165-67

Founding Headmaster: Mr. Lawrence M. Buck
Email: headmaster@mgis.com.ph

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