I always find myself rushing through centers because I tend to feel that we are not doing enough in the studio or I want to get some big ideas. This year I decided to take it slow after break and refresh on how to work at centers. I have been thinking about how to scaffold skills and routines more effectively for my students.
I thought about some simple questions to help our thinking and review.
1) How do artists draw and collage?
2) What do artists draw and collage?
I aligned how I wanted to teach the Studio Habits of Mind to each of these questions. I made a quick plan for each day to help us review and learn some new material about drawing and collage.
Of course, this looks very different for 1st and kindergarten. I am only working on drawing with them, and I spend much of my instructional time on developing craft.
I created some one page lesson planners to help me get a little more organized. I like these to plan for one day lessons. They are straight to the point. I also added drop down menus of the standards. I feel like I am constantly referring online or in my binder to look up standards. This will save some time and make it easy.
Last year at Colorado Art Education Associations conference, I attended Portia Munson's master workshop. Portia creates these amazing photos by using a scanner. Portia is very inspirational. I was instantly interested in the idea of using a scanner in my classroom. I knew it would be a great technology integration lesson. Find more of Portia's artwork here.
Initially, my students had a demonstration on the scanner using drawings. This particular class likes my curiosity bin so I thought it was great opportunity to instruct a small group on scanning items. They learned how to place items on the scanner with the intention of creating symmetry, balance, and/or pattern. The students also learned how to save, edit, and move images on the computer. I did not demonstrate how to manipulate the light on the scanner. I think that will be our next class demonstration by just using boxes over the scanner to darken the image background.
k-5 Creative Design Teacher