Meet & Greet: Getting off to a great start!
I greet my students on the first day of class and have them sit at the tables. My main objective is getting a seating chart organized with their first and last names, and to review classroom expectations. For grades 2, 3, 4, and 5th I discuss briefly drawing from our creative side of our brain. When we were little we learned letters, and then how to create words. Next we learned how to turn words into sentences, and then into paragraphs. If you can learn to read and write, then you can learn how to draw what you see. I have a couple of volunteers pass out several worksheets from Bills Bear 4 Kids.com. The first worksheet has a series of squares with lines and shapes and beside those squares are blank one. The goal is to draw what you see in the blank area looking at the negative space. The next worksheet is drawing from a grid. The students are not only engaged, but they are excited that their drawings are so good. I go to each table with my seating chart and get their names while they are doing the exercise.
Building confidence & a safe Environment
Building confidence in their art and giving them a safe / secure environment where they will not be made fun of is the key. I start this in the beginning with Kindergarten. I have posters hanging over each table and each one has a different artist with an example of their work. I begin each project by asking, ”Are you going to draw just like me or your friends?”
Their answer is, ”no because we are all different artists.” I continue this
in 1st grade and into their 2nd grade year, gradually weaning them off. By the time they reach the older grades they are not as apprehensive and self-conscious about their art.
- LaNell Clark
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- Make the Scene Gr.3
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