During the fourth phase of School Startup, the
Teacher-Founders roll up their sleeves and try
out their ideas. They reflect, and try again, and
again, and again.
Students in Courtney's Art 1 class critique each other's first piece of the trimester, using the new structure Courtney implemented, where students select their own subject matter and make their own choices about which art elements and media to use.
Students in Art 3 & 4 typically follow a standard art curriculum, although they have choice within the framework. However, Courtney has added a Passion Project component to the course, providing authentic opportunities for advanced art students to explore their own interests and reflect upon their own process as a learner and artist.
During the third phase of School Startup, the
Teacher-Founders dig down into their Take-Aways
from the Discover phase and create challenge
questions that will drive their project direction
and begin to brainstorm ideas for
During the second phase of School Startup, the
Teacher-Founders shadow and interview students
to better understand their visions from the student perspective.
During the first phase of School Startup, the
Teacher-Founders consider possibilities for approaching deeper learning in their classroom by rethinking their
practice and reimagining a new future vision
for their work.
Check out Courtney's video where she discusses
her Core Why and her Vision for her project this year.
Courtney Williams is a practicing artist and art educator. She received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the Herron School of Art & Design in Indianapolis, Indiana. Upon graduating in 2010, she moved back to Louisville and began teaching art classes at a local studio. She went on to pursue a Master's of Arts in Teaching through University of the Cumberlands, and now teaches Visual Art at Fern Creek High School. She continues to hone her own studio practice and encourages students to do the same.