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    February 2019 Archive

    Meet the Teaching Artist: Krina Patel

    Posted Friday February 08 2019 at 5:43 pm in Education

    Think-Create-Learn: Making Art Mindfully

    I am a visual designer and artist. Increasingly, my practice, especially my socially engaged arts projects, include both visuals, audio, and text.

    Think-Create-Learn, that is my mantra.  Professor David Perkins, with whom I studied and worked writes, "Learning is a consequence of thinking."  My research shows that the process of learning skills that require the engagement of the body and senses is indeed thinking in action.  When we make art, we think and learn in real time.  This is the theory that underlies the often used phrase in education - "learning by doing".  For example, students who are engaged in a drawing and coloring/painting activity are developing their aesthetic sense, thinking and communicating visually, learning about a topic as in the owl and fish images below, as well as practicing manual skills using drawing and coloring/painting tools.  All this is happening in real time as they are engaged in the activity.

    Drawing of owls by a kindergartner Drawings for owl study by a kindergartner at Everett Elementary School, Boston.

    Painting of fish by a kindergartner Painting for study of fish in their habitat by a kindergartner at Everett Elementary School, Boston.

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