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.
Opening a sculpture center with primary grades is probably one of my favorite parts of the year. It’s amazing to see my students’ imagination and creativity with sculpture.
I have a rule that minimal is best with elementary. That is why I keep a very small sculpture center. I also like that the box can easily be transported. I love the marker and colored pencil classroom set boxes. I spray paint them and reuse in my centers.
Here is a list of my usual sculpture center supplies:
I teach kindergarten and 1st grade a few basic attachments using the item in my attachment box. Developing artists have a difficult time understanding how to make items stand. I focus on giving items “feet” or using no glue. I teach them stitching, tabs, zip ties, and using the hole punchers.
Attachment Box Supplies:
I want my younger students to understand why sculpture is different from other centers. We discuss three-dimensional verses two-dimensional art. We also talk about how clay can be sculpture too. I found this awesome “Sesame Street: Word on the Street Video”. My students loved it.
k-5 Creative Design Teacher