The Great Art Throwdown, presented at EARCOS, 2019 is a fun challenge I do with my art class to promote creativity, decision making and critical thought. It is based on the great British challenge shows such as British Bake Off and Great Pottery Throwdown. I frame it into two classes: with the first presenting the idea and art making and then the second with the open judging. I like to mix up the challenges with various activities. So far, I’ve done the pottery paint design (taken from a Pottery Throw Down Skill Challenge), spray paint planets, tape sculptures, among others. Students find the challenges, of course, challenging, but fun. I like them for so many reasons. It takes me out of the ‘instructor’ position which allows students to develop creativity and critical thought by problem solving themselves. It helps them to think quick and to focus on making art. It also helps them to bond and develop creative confidence. And with the judging portion, they learn how subjective art can be.
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