I’m the kind of person that sets up my room before the last day of school in June. Yep, you heard that right: JUNE. I cut paper, clean shelves, and even design and set up my bulletin boards in advance of the last day before summer vacation. I works for me and reduces my stress going into the new year. So last June I was toiling away on ideas for my classroom and this is what I came up with.
INSTAGRAM: How to Have Fun in Art!
I borrowed the Instagram idea from something I saw elsewhere online but used photos that I took in class last year. I’ve been trying to get my parents and students on there so they could be more knowledgable about and interested in what we do in art class. Many of my parents still think art teachers throw crayons and paper at kids and let them do whatever they want all the time without a reason or focus. I’m hoping through daily exposure, they’ll realize that we do way more than just play with crayons and paint.
This Instagram display shows pictures of projects we did last year along with some snapshots of students working on various projects:
Increase Your App-Titude!
I’m trying to encourage our iPad crazy kids to jump on the art bandwagon and learn about art and design by checking out some cool apps. I made the bulletin board (which is conveniently between my room and the computer lab) using my iPad Frames clipart to make the accompanying images with famous pieces of art. Well, I was doing that until the school’s printer promptly ran out of ink and I didn’t have enough to finish the bottom with iPads. I’ve since gone back and made the bottom say, “in Art” so it looks more complete.
The Elements of Art
When I introduce the elements of art to my kindergarteners, I tell them that they’re like tools in a tool belt, that they’re used to create works of art, and that each tool has a different job. And then we do projects throughout the school year tied to each tool.
So this year I decided that I’d make a giant tool belt and post examples of each tool around it. I’m still adding samples as we go through various lessons (that’s why there’s still lots of space towards the bottom of the board). I wish I had more space in my classroom for displays because I’d love to show an example of each tool “in action” with an accompanying piece of art. I do have space above the display where the clock is because we have high ceilings in the building, but I can’t figure out a safe way to get up there.
And that’s what I’ve got so far. I have another space in my room that I’m not showing yet which just has some posters on it until I can get some completed artwork hung up there.