Let art solve your problems.
How do we do that?
Define the problem through projects.
We thoughtfully create projects based on current skill level and gradually build up to more challenging problems for students to solve. Each step of the way, we are gaging their frustration, interest, and problem-solving abilities while joining experiences and knowledge as they are learning new skills.
We know that if a student isn't emotionally invested, little can be accomplished.
Providing individualized support is a critical component in teaching new tasks with multiple steps. That is why we observe our students closely to ensure that they understand the information being demonstrated, then have students demonstrate the task independently to help us determine whether the student needs additional supports towards their goal.
Generate solutions when problems arise.
To generate solutions, you have to ask a lot of questions. That is why we value the unyielding strength of a question.
It is a uniquely powerful tool and an essential skill that can be honed. That's why we place a considerable amount of emphasis on the questioning process just as litigators, journalists, and doctors use questioning as an essential part of their training.
The process helps to unlock learning and improves interpersonal bonding,
the exchange of ideas, and fuels innovation.
Evaluate progress and decide what works and what doesn't.
At this stage, the correct sequence of questions is a crucial skill in finding the appropriate outcome.
Evaluating progress means a certain amount of courage and openness. Many times we often talk ourselves out of the proper solution because we see it as more work than reward or we simply don't like the answer. We teach students how to ask precise art-related questions based on
factual information - what are the problems
opinion and judgment - what problems are really there vs. what we want to see
giving permission - allowing yourself to be open to mistakes to find solutions
Try new solutions and
re-test until satisfied.
Testing hypotheses and theories are at the core of the process of art and science.
Any aspect of creating a piece of artwork can be explained in many different ways, the same holds true for the aspect of the natural world. It is the job of the artist and scientist to collect all plausible techniques or explanations and then test those ideas retaining only those that are supported by the evidence.
You can think of the process of art and scientific testing as occurring in two logical steps:
if the idea is correct, what would we expect to see
does that expectation match what we actually observe?
Ideas are supported when actual observations or results match the expected observation and when they are contradicted we re-test until we have reached the desired outcome.
Learn from us.
Join us for 1 on 1 or group lessons for both young and old as we introduce you to solution-based projects, share best practices, and discuss industry trends.