Inquiry: How Do Artists Best Express How They Think or Feel?

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Students were engaged in a free inquiry project. They chose their own essential question, the authentic product they would develop, and the resources they would use. Students developed their own criteria and rubric to self-assess their work and identified the curricular content and core competencies they thought were relevant to their work.

This student decided to explore her artistic abilities through this inquiry. Her essential question was: How do artists best express how they think or feel? She kept an inquiry journal as she worked and competed a reflection form with teacher prompts at the end of the inquiry.

A few months after this assignment was completed, she wrote a myth and created a book illustrated in watercolours. 


Samples Student Work

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Student Reflection


Profile Analysis

Pensée critique et réflexive

Pensée créatrice