Back to School
Luckily at ISB( International School of Busan), we are back to school and we are teaching face to face our students. We feel very fortunate to have the students to teach them on campus.
Last year, we experienced different situations to have online teaching and hybrid model teaching, with classes rotating every three days to be at school and some still online.
It is February 2021 and we hear around the world, different situations with online learning and many corona cases on the third wave. There is hope that the vaccine is rolling out in many countries such as USA, UK, EU, and people will be protected soon. However in South Korea, the program to vaccinate the people will start later at the end of March.
ISB Museum Team
For this term, I offered an after school activity club, ISB Museum as I mentioned in my previous post.
In our club, we have a group of nine children, very young and very enthusiastic members mostly from Kindergarten and G1, one student from G2 and one from G6.
Artemyi, Richard, Rhina, Jiseong, Fatima, Talarah, Emerson, Mohul, and Anton(G6) who is my assistant.
The children were fascinated to build their own creation, collection or to paint an artwork inspired by the great masters. Some were inspired by Van Gogh, and some wanted to build their own collection.
A student even made a glass magnifier with recycled materials, to emphasise the idea of exploring. We develop critical thinking skills.
Some students learned to archive and label their artwork.
We practiced art vocabulary and we learned how to write, “a painting”, “a still-life”, “a sculpture”, “an installation”, “a museum”. Because most of them are in Kindergarten and 1st Grade it was so fascinating to see how they were carefully writing their labels, and practicing the art vocabulary. It was a good exercise for their communication ability and building character, with their perseverance and tenacity to learn.
Some of the artworks are labeled and ready to go to the museum.
Some other students after they saw us at work, they showed their interest to help as well. So I decided to introduce once in a while a lesson to various classes too and our museum will grow in the whole school community.
Because I thought that this project should be an opportunity for other teachers to express their opinions, to share materials together and to participate as well, I invited some of my colleagues to collaborate to develop this project together.
So at the moment we are 4 teachers, Sofia(KG PYP Teacher), De( G2 PYP Teacher) and Tina(G3 PYP Teacher) and me, (PYP Art Teacher).
In our first meeting, we discuss how to design the space. We imagine having an interactive section where children can play creatively and learn along from our museum. We wish to have a timeline, where children can travel in time to learn about different artists and cultures. We realized that the children would love the idea of an entrance with a ticket and a desk counter with infos.
Books and Materials in preparations
I researched about the right books for them and I found very interesting books to start our journey:
“How the Sphinx Got to the Museum”, “A Trip to Museum”, “How to explore the world?”, Egyptian Art Books, etc.
Especially the book “How to be an explorer of the world?” was opening new perspectives for me. It was very fascinating and highly recommended even by our lybrarian, Mr. Kruger.
This book reminded me of my Master of Fine Arts study in Berlin, where we were understanding curatorial practice and archives of the museums. We were attending the museum seminars, in “Museum der Dinge” with Prof. Renate Flagmeier.
I realized that I could connect my previous experience and knowledge as an artist and curator with my teaching practice.
I introduce the book “How to be an explorer of the world”, to the children in my last lesson and I invite them to create a collection. I copied for them the forms, how to archive their artefacts, how to think about collections, creating lists of different things from the same field, by a common criteria, color, shape, theme, etc.
Inquiry/ I asked the children :
- What do they think that we need a museum? One student said: “Because when people see things in a museum they get inspired by.” (Talarah)
- What is their motivation and hope? ” I wish to create precious things that everyone in the school can see.” (Emerson)
- What is a museum?”A place where you see old things, antiquities and you treat them with respect.”( Mohul)
- The right app
Imagining the Museum idea also virtually, as an online platform to explore it during VLE or for families at home, I tried to test different apps and platforms such as Thinglink, Photoshop, Padlet, Google Sites, Canva.
I decided for the Google Site to build an archive online. So I went to school during the weekend and I tried to archive the artworks of my students.
Resources/ Inspiring Digital Museums
Getting inspired by interesting website museums, for an online platform, I searched and found the wonderful resource like:
Another research was to see how I can create a QR Code in order to archive some detailed information, voice recording about their art pieces, videos, pictures, etc. I searched about vocaroo and QR generators. Unfortunately as simple as it is vocaroo, the data is saved only for 2-3 months in the system and not longer. That’s why I opted for the second app, the QR Generator.
I planned for students to take their role as communicators and present their artwork.
Creative Communicator ISTE for students
Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
After the children created some pieces for the Art Museum, they explained them in a short video.
They recorded with the Classroom Ipad in a short video, the information about their artwork.
The purpose was to practice the vocabulary and knowledge that we builded during this experience. We explained the technique,( a sculpture, a painting, an installation, a collage), and the idea behind.
Here is an example of how Richard presents his treasure box.
I was happy with my children’s progress and I will explore different ways to record their learning experiences.
Trying different digital tools and apps, I was curious how to shoot a timelapse. I set my camera and I made a timelapse recording of one of our Museum Club classes. I learned that it is important to use a tripod and that 45 minutes create a video for about 30 seconds or you will need 720 shots. I will learn how to edit and soon I will share it with you as well.
I am excited to continue my journey along with my students how we can learn together and create our ISB Museum. I would like to deepen more the critical thinking strategies and to ask them more questions. I will apply the concept inspired by Project Zero “See..Think Wonder.. “