Last time, we talked about the term Value and what meaning that holds for us. Did you know that Value is also an element of Visual Art? It’s the amount of shading that is within a color. You can change the value by adding either more white or more black or by subtracting the amount of color saturation. So value is not only what has meaning for us, it is also the amount of saturation (ie: passion) within a color (ie: ideas). This, then, leads me to thinking about perspective. What might looked washed out and grey to me may be just the value that was intended. It’s all within the perspective of the person viewing it.
Remember that idea of Process versus Product that we touched on last time? Which was more important to you? I came across a great lesson from a visual art teacher at Bates Middle School in Annapolis, MD called “What’s Up with the Cup” which illustrates this point so beautifully.
Here’s the general idea:
Then we ask…
So…what’s up with your cup today?
Susan Riley is the founder and President of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.