Last week, grade 11 art students began exploring their first major task: #Canada150. We devoted a few days to exploration: looking through each of the artists’ sites and artworks, discussing their significance as well as our topic. I wanted to use Design Process Thinking to guide our work because of its usefulness in TAB-based classrooms, and because Melissa Purtee had simplified the process so nicely.
Now, on to the fun part: Step 2. Time for Design!
Fate seemed to work in our favour, because Clara Lieu shared an October challenge called #ArtProfDare. The “dare” is related to her theme of your future self, but she also invited participants to use mind mapping — a tool to help you think about a topic, and to consider multiple sub-topics or perspectives — so I decided to use it with our topic of #Canada150.
Students appreciated how mind mapping fit into Design Process Thinking, and they really enjoyed Clara’s 51 second video, which demonstrated mind mapping in action (with a very helpful explanation).
After discussing how we could use mind mapping with our topic (and sharing a short demo with my class), students began to let their thoughts flow freely…
I wasn’t kidding when I told my students that, like proud parents or grandparents who love boasting about their kids, I love sharing my students’ work. Their thinking and their creations are absolutely fascinating, especially when they connect their work with their heads and their hearts.