After artwork goes home, I usually see my classes between one and three times before the last day of school. This gives us some time for lessons using modeling clay!
First, we look at examples of local art, and through a game, we distinguish between sculptures and two-dimensional artworks. Even though I teach in a small town, there is plenty of public art in cities within an hour away that students recognize, and they love talking about works that they have seen in person. Then, we get to building sculptures of our own!
I give the classes challenges and set my timer. They absolutely love this! As soon as the timer goes off, they stop working, put their hands together, and get ready for the next challenge. The challenges vary depending on grade level and include:
I am an eighth year art teacher with degrees in Art Education, living and working in northern Florida. Each week, I teach over six hundred students in grades PreK through fifth. Here you will find what we are learning in the art classroom!