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.
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.
There has been request of videos of my instruction.
Here is one of how I introduce centers. This particular day was the grand opening of sculpture. I do not let students have glue or tape to start it is earned. So, I demonstrate how to do attachments without glue.
k-5 Creative Design Teacher