Masaaki Noda – Educator

Masaaki Noda has been teaching art to students for over 20 years.  He believes that students need to free themselves from outside constraints and to express themselves without following rules.

In 2020, he taught sixth grade students from the Arima Elementary School in Fukuyama (福山市). He instructed the students to not copy or refer to the works of their fellow students, but to follow only their only inner creativity.

Art Class for Sixth Grade Students at Arina Elementary School

Art Class for Sixth Grade Students at Arina Elementary School
Students are Painting free of Mind.
Students surprised themselves what they have done without rule and control.
上手下手は関係なく全ての生徒が、自由にあらゆる道具を使って描く授業です。
幼児なら自由に描きますが、技法を学び、採点されてきた高学年児童は、なかなか自由に描くことが出来ません。
時間の経過とともに、やがて内から出てくるもので、覚醒していき弾けていきます。
それは、本人が一番驚くことなのです。
有磨小学校 
福山市
It is a class to draw using free style. Toddlers can draw freely, but older children who have learned the technique and scored cannot easily draw freely. As time goes by, it will come out from the inside, and it will awaken and pop. That is the most surprising thing for the students to have their inner creativity exposed.

 

All Students Proud of their Own Paintings.

All Students Proud of their Own Paintings.
Sixth Grade Students at Arima Elementry School
コロナ禍、多くの制約の中での授業でしたが、生徒たちの喜ぶ姿に触れ、小学生最後の思い出として、貴重な1日となりました。
6年生、有磨小学校
福山市
All Students Proud of their Own Paintings. It was a precious day.

Noda interprets the works of the students.

Noda interprets the works of the students.
Students didn’t understand what they instinctively painted. I explained reason and process of each painting and made the students proud and confident.
生徒たちは自分が何をやったかわかっていないので、私が生徒たちの絵を1枚づつ、経過による変化、心理状態、その成果について説明解釈をしていきます。(この3枚とも一人の生徒の作品です)
授業は、最後のこの「説明の時間が全ての本質」、と言えます。
生徒たちは、この解説で自分のしたことを理解、納得、自信を持っていきます。
有磨小学校、
I explain and interpret each student’s picture one by one, explaining the changes over time, the psychological state, and the results. (All three are the works of one student.) The “time of explanation is the essence of everything.” Students will understand, be convinced, and feel confident about what they have done.

Acknowledgement from Student after Art Class.

Acknowledgement from Student after Art Class.
Sixth Grade student at Arima Elementary School
授業終了後に、生徒代表の感謝の言葉があります。
緊張の中、一生懸命言葉を選びながら、謝辞を述べる生徒からは、健気さと、真摯な気持ちが伝わってきます。
After class, there are words of appreciation from the student representatives. Students who express their gratitude while choosing words hard in a tense atmosphere convey their sincerity. Later, we will get impressions of the lesson from all the students. It’s a picture I drew unconsciously, but by ruminating it later, I realize that I was the first person. These are valuable records.
後で、全ての生徒から、授業の感想文をもらいます。
無意識で描いた絵ですが、後で反芻し言葉にすることで、初めて自分でしたことを、自覚することになります。
これらは貴重な記録です。
6年生、有磨小学校