things like wood-working. From a teacher perspective, this was
hard to manage.
Keep a project calendar - a calendar on display with the date of
the Arts Festival marked so the students themselves could see
their timeline visually and manage their projects appropriately.
In the choice-based arts classroom, Curiosity Projects were a massive
success when used as a foundation for classroom curriculum and fit
seamlessly into our class time. Based on this experience with first graders,
teachers can expect to have to make adjustments during the course of
the projects. I would encourage others to find ways to incorporate
Curiosity Projects into their own arts curriculum. Curiosity Projects allow
for children to take ownership of their ideas and see them through to
completion—this is a large component behind the theory of Teaching for
Artistic Behavior. Not only did these Curiosity Projects provide a student-initiated and meaningful way for first graders to demonstrate the
knowledge they had gained over the year with different mediums, it
allowed them to research, initiate, and execute their own artistic ideas as
true artists do.