Philosophy

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Coming from a constructivist view of learning, our goals will not be explicitly implemented by the instructor, but created with the input of each member as individual Artists, as well as generated by the group through a more dialogical approach.  However, the manner in which we acquire new knowledge and share this experience is absolutely intentional and is characterized by three core objectives. Each support a pedagogy stemming from the concepts of critical theory and incorporate metacognitive processes as learning tools. eStudio 473 is heavily influenced by the philosophies and practices of the Reggio Emelia approach. By inviting artists, artisans and other individuals into the studio to share their knowledge through project-based experiences. Teaching not only the basic concepts/techniques of Art, but also the importance of paying attention to process, dedicating time to practice, and creating situations that encourage both shared experience and later, self reflection.

Core Objectives:

1. Inward: Art as a tool for self-expression and emotional exploration.

Throughout each project, assignments will be created with not only the application of a media, element of design or technique in mind, but also the facilitation of emotional exploration, the development of personal narrative (reflection and expression) and the possible therapeutic experiences that specific processes can offer.  Although our focus will predominately be on these processes, and not on result; the concept and importance of narrative will be mirrored in the objective of the group. 

2. Upward: The creative process as a tool for strengthening metacognitive ability.

In response to emerging studies that are exploring relationship between the processes involved in art education and cognitive development, especially, Executive Function, we will periodically evaluate (through questions and through drawing) our own thinking and discuss our processes and problem-solving situations.  We will spend time discussing our brains and the basic concepts of Executive Function: Working memory, cognitive flexibility and inhibitory control. Thinking about ourselves as learners, taking ownership of our brain’s activity and looking at art as a way to strengthen our brains, are part of an investigation we will create together.  Using documentation and dialogue we will integrate self-reflection techniques to secure understanding and to find meaning in new ideas individually.

 3. Outward: The impact of shared experience through a specific process, on both the individual and the dynamic of the group itself .Groups provide a powerful and dynamic context for learning when they are thoughtfully constructed and continuously being observed with an openness to changes both large and small.  Each project will involve a discussion that works to create a knowledge pool.  We will learn from one another and we will problem-solve individually with the help of our fellow workshop members.  Hopefully, discovering that there are many ways of knowing, understanding and seeing the world around us.  Through the group-oriented component of each project we will assume individual responsibility, examine strengths and make decisions democratically.  Similar to the construct of a game or a story, the project will offer a beginning, a middle and an end.  This shared experience and these collective goals will create a finished product which both the group and the individual will achieve a sense of accomplishment from after completion.


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