The school year is underway. I have so much to look forward to this year. I moved to a new room that has sink. Hooray! It is a little smaller and not much storage, but it will undergo construction next summer. I asked for a kiln room and more storage. I added closed and open signs to the centers this year. I found these at Office Depot.
Activities for the 1st Week
2nd-1st: Read the book "Not A Stick" and created art from their imagination. I gave them a page with simple geometric shapes and just let them create. We had a discussion about how artists use their imagination, and they can too. I usually do something like this the first week just to see all the students skills and where they are. Some students made simple people and others made watches and mask.
3rd-5th: We discussed our theme for the year: What do artists do? They got to draw on my glass windows their answers. A little fun pre-assessment. Then, they made self portraits for our art fundraiser.
It was a great week. I also have a wonderful student teacher this semester! We have been having fun.
I took a break from opening centers this week to complete our school art fundraiser. It's an easy self portrait lesson. I give a quick demo on how to draw a face big. I like how the students personalities shine through. Plus, if parent have bought items from each year they will have a set of self portraits from their child. I have my sons magnets pictured below. The are from kindergarten-2nd grade. I like see how much he has changed each year.
I have used Art to Remember for over five years with this fundraiser. They are amazing. The customer service and care are wonderful.
i continue to do this fundraiser because it is worth my time and work. The extra funds help buy clay.
Here is my advice about fundraiser to other art educators.
1) If you are stepping into a position, find out how much participation there has been in the past. It'll help you decide my next question.
2) Is it worth your time? You spent class time making these with your students, weekends labeling and sorting art, after school run to the post office, and counting money to deposit. Is it all worth time? Are you getting enough return? If it's not, maybe ask for donation instead.
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