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Welcome to [re]Design(ing): Art Education, where Roni and Jessi are here to give you a fresh perspective on art program design and development. Whether you are embarking on the exciting journey of designing your first art program or seeking to revitalize and redesign your existing curriculum after years of teaching, our consulting services and website offer invaluable resources and expertise to guide you toward success.
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In the world of education, finding unique and effective ways to engage students can be a challenge. Traditional teaching methods often need more room for creativity and self-expression. However, TASK parties, a concept introduced by artist Oliver Herring, offer a refreshing and dynamic approach to classroom engagement. In this blog post, we will explore what TASK parties are and discuss why implementing them in the creative space can benefit students and educators.
*If you are new to TASK parties, watch the YouTube video below. I also share this video with students after the first time they complete a TASK party.
What is a TASK party? A TASK party is a collaborative and participatory art event where individuals come together to complete a series of creative tasks. Participants are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones, engage in spontaneous play, and explore their own unique creative potential. It is an inclusive and interactive experience that fosters connection, collaboration, and self-expression.
Why begin with a TASK party? Starting the classroom experience with a TASK party sets the tone for a fun and engaging learning environment right from the beginning. It helps break the ice and creates a sense of community among students. By actively participating in creative tasks, students become more comfortable expressing themselves, fostering a positive and inclusive classroom culture.
How to get started?
To introduce TASK parties into the classroom, it is essential to set up a structured framework. This includes writing appropriate TASK prompts that align with the students' developmental level, launching the activity with clear expectations, and above all, ensuring that it is a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. There is often a common misconception about wasted materials and mess. Remember that the teacher can control what materials are being used. The best materials are newsprint and recycled paper, cardboard, tape, glue, crayons, pencil, sharpie, scissors, and blocks. It can be helpful to add in a TASK to clean up the scissors or stack all the papers to help keep the room from getting too messy!
Utilizing TASK Parties with a Blended Approach
Incorporating TASK parties into the curriculum provides an innovative and blended approach to learning. By integrating art and creativity, these parties offer a refreshing alternative to traditional teaching methods, fostering student engagement and enthusiasm. Below are different ideas on how to incorporate a TASK party:
Integrating TASK parties into the classroom offers a transformative and engaging approach to education. By prioritizing creativity, collaboration, and self-expression, these parties not only foster a positive classroom culture but also develop essential skills for students' future success. So, why not embark on this innovative journey and make learning a joyful and enriching experience for all? Let the fun begin!