Whether you’re a classroom teacher, art teacher, art studio owner or homeschooler, these tips will help you be a star in the art room.
Do You Believe in Magic?
Every year at this time, classroom teachers, art teachers and homeschoolers all have the same wish. If only there was a way to wave a magic wand to make the art room alive with ideas, supplies and inspiration. The truth is, with a little effort and a few helpful resources, it might just be easier than you think to make this your best teaching year ever. Here’s how to start…
1) Take an Inventory of Your Art Supplies
Decide early on which art supplies you will need to replenish and which ones you will need to stock from scratch. Test your markers to see if they are dried out, check on your modeling materials to ensure they haven’t turned to dust and look at your paint (especially liquid tempera) to make sure there is no mold growing.
Here’s what I think should be in every art cupboard: pencils, paper (white drawing paper, colorful construction paper and textured water media paper, pastels (chalk and oil), crayons, markers (including black Sharpie markers), scissors, glue, paintbrushes, paint (watercolors for sure and if you can swing it, acrylic or poster paints), and modeling material (clay, Plasticine, Model Magic, or homemade play dough).
You can find a complete list, and download my art supply guide by clicking HERE.
2) Test out Techniques Before Introducing Them in the Classroom
There’s nothing worse than a classroom demonstration gone horribly wrong. So, before you introduce your students to a new technique, test it out at home ahead of time to make sure your materials will behave the way you want them to (and hope they will). Similarly, mix any materials (like paper mache paste) before class starts to save precious classroom time.
3) Formulate a Plan
While you may not need to plan out your entire year ahead of time, it’s a good idea to figure out what you will be sharing in the classroom in the short term. Working with the elements of art is a nice place to start. I like to break my months down into weeks. Week one I introduce an artist, week two, I introduce a theme, week three I concentrate on drawing and week four I allow for/encourage free choice. You can also choose to look at which master artists have a birthday in the months to come and find lesson plans inspired by their work.
4) Arm Yourself with Loads of Teaching Inspiration
The KinderArt Club is a membership site where you are given access to an online portal where lesson plans and other teaching materials are made available as digital PDFs. You can choose to pay monthly or annually and once you enrol, you will have instant access to all the materials inside the club, including exclusive lesson plans for children in K-5 (5-11yrs).
The art lessons are grouped into Packs or Bundles and TWO packs a month are added inside the membership site. Each pack is based on a theme or an artist and they are alternated. So, one month you will receive two packs with art lessons based on a theme (like winter, transportation, the weather, clay, or nature, for example) and the next month you will receive two packs with art lessons based on an artist (like van Gogh, O’Keeffe, da Vinci, Monet or Rembrandt).
There are also how to draw lessons, monthly bonuses, art resources, worksheets, sketchbook starters/early finisher cards and more inside the club. In addition, as a club member, you will have access to a super caring and creative community where you can share, ask questions and learn.
Honestly, whether you’re a classroom teacher or an art educator (or a homeschooling parent), you will adore the resources available to you in each issue of The KinderArt Club.
You’ve got this. Trust in your abilities and you and your students will create magic together.
The KinderArt Club can help.