Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi writes frequently about what he has termed the ‘state of flow’. This ‘state of flow’ is a frame of mind that a person will slip into when experiencing deep learning. His studies show that ‘flow’ is brought upon when a person is experiencing pure enjoyment from the task at hand.
In order to have someone invest in learning and to experience ‘flow’ they must be intrinsically and extrinsically motivated. In the above lesson sequence extrinsic motivation is encouraged through providing students with knowledge and inspiration through presentations and the gallery visit and through encouraging the students to have fun (lesson 2’s combination activity) and experiment (art creation in lessons 3 and 6). Intrinsic motivation is encouraged by immersing the students in examples of artworks, prompting curiosity and interest and empowering them to create their own projects (with some parameters).
Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2002). Thoughts About Education, from Dickinson, D. (2002). Creating the Future: Perspectives on Educational Change. Baltimore, USA : New Horizons for Learning