Visual Arts Students Develop Skills and Channel Creativity During Remote Learning

Taking home slabs of clay, drawing pens, toned paper, watercolor kits, colored pencils and more last month during the Upper School supplies pickup, St. Margaret’s 3D and 2D visual arts students have started the year immersed in a collaborative hands-on environment even though learning is currently taking place remotely. 

The distribution of supplies, coupled with innovative teaching plans, allowed for the creativity and skill development to continue. Visual arts teachers have furthered learning opportunities by creating how-to videos and other tutorials that will serve as handy resources for students long after on-campus instruction resumes. 

“All the art teachers are creating more video tutorials than ever before for students to follow along at their own pace” said Jesse Standlea, chair of the visual arts department. “These videos will endure past the pandemic and be a tool for years to come in our classes.”

Students in Phillip Griswold’s studio art classes, for example, are using video tutorials and Zoom class sessions to develop skills, and are using their take-home supplies in creating projects such as natural object drawings. 

In Mr. Standlea’s clay handbuilding class, meanwhile, students started the semester learning techniques like pinch pots, which were taught in-person through Zoom but also in instructional videos that students can reference at any time on the class mySMES page. 

“In the classroom I would walk up to each student to help them troubleshoot,” Mr. Standlea said. “Remotely, I have each student hold up their work and I give them similar pointers. I do this so the other students can hear this information as it might apply to them as well.”
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