Organizing my Art Room for a ‘back to school’ experience in January

Organizing my Art Room for a ‘back to school’ experience in January

Happy 2018 everyone! After the holiday rush, our focus returns to beginning the new year fresh.  This may mean reflecting back on the little things about your classroom routines that are great or simply don’t work.  For me, I am starting in a new elementary art classroom this January and so, I am having ‘back to school’ in January. I wanted to share my preparations and little organization techniques to set me up for a great school year…er, second half!…

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Snakes in the Grass: a Lesson for Scaffolding Weaving Skills

Snakes in the Grass: a Lesson for Scaffolding Weaving Skills

Do you enjoy teaching weaving in the art room?  Have you found it’s too many needy hands and not enough of you to go around? Often this problem is because students do not have the introductory skill set to feel successful at the current task.  Art should make children feel challenged, yes, but also powerful. We can help our students feel more successful at any art skill if we scaffold the task.     I love to teach fiber arts,…

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Three Sisters Art Lesson: Botany, Legend and Composition!

Three Sisters Art Lesson: Botany, Legend and Composition!

One of my favorite Fall art projects ties together lessons on botany, legend and art principles of composition.  If you are not familiar with the “three sisters”, it is a Native American (multiple tribes) name for corn, beans and squash.  This is a great grade 1-2 lesson to share with your students that will tie in with harvest time, but also teach them important concepts of overlapping, going ‘off the page’ and creating a dynamic composition.   The three veggies…

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Part 2 of Art Advocacy!: hosting a Family Art Night

Part 2 of Art Advocacy!: hosting a Family Art Night

Advocating for the importance of your art program is a big part of our jobs as art educators.  Without our extra efforts to communicate with families and administrators about all the great things happening in our classroom, art can too easily be overlooked in the face of the very demanding deadlines of academic benchmarks.  In my role as art teacher for the whole school population, I want to show that my program supports the goals of the academic subjects. I…

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Art Advocacy! Host a “Family Art Night” at School

Art Advocacy! Host a “Family Art Night” at School

As the school year starts, a great way to involve families in your curriculum is to consider hosting a family art night for your school.  I have two different experiences to share with you here- one as a district wide family art event and the other as a single school family art night.  Bringing families into the school to make art with their children is not only excellent advocacy for your program, but for practice of the arts overall.  Families…

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