K-12 Education Presentation -- 2012


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Seattle - 2012 -- Thursday, March 29, 9 am ------- Marvin Bartel, presenter
NCECA is the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts

title: "The Edges of Learning to Learn"

I will discuss multiple ways to coach engaged learning without examples and fewer demos. I will cover creativity theory, self-learning, peer collaboration studio culture, intrinsic motivation using autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Learn idea generation methods, discovery learning, empathic critique, self-instruction, team learning, experimentation, coaching, and some of brain theory behind the teaching of creativity.

Presented by Marvin Bartel, author of 10 Classroom Creativity Killers.

Also see this page for descriptions of 9 other K-12 presenations at NCECA in Seattle, March 29 & 30, 2012.


Additional note on Bartel's presentation:

"School should allow a lot to be learned, that is to say that it should teach little ... In the end, all education is self-education."  -- Josef Albers. “If I show them how to make a chawan (teabowl), maybe my apprentices will always be only tracing my work. Maybe they will not be making works that come from their own heart and spirit. -- Shiho Kanzaki. By showing less we produce more learning. Asking teaches more than telling.

This presentation is based on 42-years of teaching ceramics in high school, college, and university as well as 35 years of teaching methods of teaching creativity as part of art pedagogy courses taught at Goshen College. It describes ten specific ways the presenter has coached engaged learning without showing answers (examples). The presentation is an illustrated synthesis of creativity theory, self-learning pedagogy, empathic studio culture; and the use of intrinsic motivation honoring autonomy, coaching for mastery, and finding purpose in the context of the clay studio classroom.


Emphasis is on multiple methods of idea generation, experimentation, discovery learning, empathic critique, self-instruction, team learning, and coaching pedagogy.

For example, a beginning lesson in ceramics requires 12 thrown bowls that are trimmed and decorated with no stipulations as to size or shape. This assignment includes hands on idea generation activities, decoration practice rituals, throwing instruction and tutoring, team discussions doing comparative ranking of qualities of each person’s production culminating with each individual selecting 5 of their 12 initial pieces to be fired.

The presentation employs Prezi Desktop, the zooming canvas layout presentation software. Variations of this presentation were presented as keynote addresses to the Indiana and Michigan Art Education Associations in November, 2011.

Sources: I copied the Albers quote from the wall at an exhibition of Josef Albers' work at the Tate Modern in London in 2006. The Kanzaki quote is from Lehman, Dick. (2003) "Carrying the Empty Cup: Reflections from 3 generations of Japanese potters within the Master/Apprentice tradition"

Also see this page for descriptions of 9 other K-12 presenations at NCECA in Seattle.

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