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Fabric Marbling

September 16, 2017

STEAMing Up Your Classroom: Fabric Marbling
How Art Integration can Work in your Classroom
Sept. 16, 2017

Facilitated by Curriculum Specialist Linda Moran, M.Ed.
Attendees: K-12 educators
Timeframe: 9am-5pm

This workshop is part of the BluSeed Studios’ Creative Classrooms Project. These workshops are also open to anyone who has interest.

REGISTRATION: Participation is limited to 12 people per workshop.  Register by purchasing a ‘ticket’ below. Contact us for more information at (518) 891-3799.

***CTLE Credit is available through NYSATA.

Workshop Description:
Teachers of all disciplines and grade levels are welcome in this hands-on workshop on the ancient art of marbling, with time for participants to explore the art-form, variations on it (suminagashi, surface design, and digital marbling) and classroom applications. This is a cross-classroom/discipline integration of the arts that would include a search for online resources as well as developing lesson plans and assessments using (just to name a few) classroom museums, digital storytelling, and anchor charts that relate subject-matter vocabulary to the arts by making new words visual. Teachers should bring a laptop or other technology that will allow research on line. You will receive online links to resources, lesson plans developed within the workshop, and the creative results of brainstorming with other participants.

Taught by Linda Moran, a retired math/science/history/writing teacher who is now a full-time artist, specializing in the art of marbling on fabric. She taught for 40 years, grades 2 through adult, including forays into student theater, writing, and arts integration in mathematics in particular. This workshop is designed to not only introduce you to some valuable arts ideas in your particular discipline, but also to introduce a hands-on experience with the centuries-old art of marbling and how it can serve as an integration model into your discipline.  

Intended Outcomes ~ Participants will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the definition of Art Integration;
  • Identify “art Integration” & STEAM tools & strategies;
  • Understand how to begin to integrate with other content teachers, especially how the Bloom verbs can assist you with integration;
  • Explain where STEAM tools and strategies fit in the art integration continuum;
  • Develop an awareness on collaborative curricular mapping and content alignment
  • Explain and identify core content and  national art standards through hands-on lessons;
  • Identify areas where art teachers and content teachers can collaborate
  • Demonstrate how reflection & assessment can be used to articulate and establish measures that venture beyond art enhancement and bring quality content teaching and equity to teachers as well as students.

Schedule & Outline

8:30am-9am: Continental Breakfast, introductions

9am- 9:30: (in the studio) As we “get stoned,” each take a turn to answer the Ice Breaker Question: How do you use the information that you learned in your favorite class in your life today?

  • “Get Stoned” together – dropping circles of paint onto a tray of prepared carrageenan.
  • Watch a video on “The Intersection of Art and Science” with a short discussion and a drawing of what you observed.
  • Order your lunch if need be (we will have a “working” lunch)

9:30 – 10:30 (in the gallery) Interacting/Reacting to Art of All Forms

  • Token Response activity to encourage students that responses to art can come in all forms and all are acceptable and viable – how to handle art criticism in a classroom,(Using “Token Response” game from Kutztown University art department, PA)
  • Discussion of critiques, applications for the classroom, how it fits standards (during discussion teachers will share already identified standards from their core disciplines that would fit this activity)
  • 5-minute journal response to the game

10:30 – 11:30 (in the studio)

  • Preparing your paper with alum, watching a video of the beginning the marbling process
  • Setting up your trays, preparing tools, reviewing recipes for sizing and bath, printing your first stone fabric
  • Free-flow thoughts on how all this can fit it your particular discipline/how you can work with other content teachers to incorporate marbling into your lessons.
  • 5-minute journal response

11:30 – 12:30 (gallery – working lunch)

  • A quick lesson in the history of marbling – why was “death” a consequence? A joint search on line for websites on the history of marbling – a brief share on what each found and how it could work in the classroom
  • 5-minute journal response

12:30 – 2:30 (studio)

  • Creating marbled paper and fabrics –

2:30 – 2:45 (studio)

  • Break and snack

2:45 – 3:30 (gallery)

  •  Reflection and reviewing the development of the lesson plan 
  • Demonstrate in detail how the lesson plan was developed using curricular mapping and how other art integration concepts were used to align the various content standards and the visual art standard, ensuring equity between the two
  • Discuss learning strategy; Think/See/Do/Feel
  • Explain the required visual elements and key vocabulary that correlate with the marbling experience
  • Emphasize the “big picture” on collaboration- that is created through art integration between a specific art form, history, economics, mathematics and science.
  • Articulate the content in a meaning and fulfilling way for both the teacher and students

 3:30 – 4:00:  What is Art Integration?

  • How do we begin?
  • Share and discuss research
  • AI integration information brochure

4:00 – 4:30: Group Share- You know best!

  • How can this integration lesson best benefit your students?
  • What realistic goals could you implement to get integration “rolling” in your school?

4:30 –  5: Casual After Workshop Celebration

  • Additional discussion & questions
  • Fill out evaluation sheets
  • Beverages and snacks provided

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