I had the amazing opportunity to share in a podcast recently. This link to the podcast below is to a presentation on teaching art at home that I pray will be an encouragement and that you will get some new ideas about teaching your kids art at home:
A great idea for younger students is purchasing some scented markers. Mr. Marker is a good brand and is carried here by Rainbow Resources. These marvelous markers are bold and beautiful in their colors and the smells are fabulous as well. This can create a wonderful learning opportunity in learning colors, texture, and a variety of fruits, etc…
The idea of showing children an orange and then having them draw an orange and color an orange all the while smelling the scent of an orange makes a memorable learning experience. Looking at a master work still life such as Fede Galizia’s, “Maiolica Basket of Fruit” done in 1610, and having children draw the fruit and smell the scent of the fruit at the same time also makes a memorable experience. Have fun!
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1. A good art teacher wants you to learn something new about art and have fun doing it. This includes the elements and principles of art, techniques (how tos), and art appreciation.
2. A good art teacher makes you feel comfortable and encouraged practicing self-expression.
3. A good art teacher wants you to explore your hidden talents while gaining a new appreciation of art and the role it plays in the world around you and how it relates to the core subjects.
4. A good art teacher strives to have students that produce work in each class that is unique. They want you to be able to think for yourself and make decisions and put a work of art together that belongs to you the student. A good art teacher does not want you to be afraid of failure, but have the tenacity of an inventor. It is ok to fail, the next attempt may be spectacular. In other academic core classes, there is usually only one right answer. But in art the ability to think for yourself can not only prepare you for success in your other classes, but in your future life.
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In my studio, we have painted all of the chairs differently. There is a map chair, a day and night chair, blueberry chair, sunflower chair, a butterfly chair, rainbow chair and more. Just like all these chairs are different, each special needs child is different. I hope you are blessed and encouraged by this article. Many parents have struggling learners. I think art is one of that answers! You’ll find tips, sample lessons and resources here! Read here for more.
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In my opinion, the makings of a good art lesson includes four elements:
1. In every lesson, have children learn something new about art and have fun doing it. This includes learning techniques in a variety of media, the elements and principles of art and vocabulary of the arts, and art appreciation.
2. Each child should feel comfortable and encouraged in practicing self-expression.
3. Each child can explore and be encouraged about discovering hidden talents and have a new appreciation of the importance of art and the role it plays in the world around them.
4. Strive to have each child produce a work of art that is unique. Allow them to do some independent thinking once the lesson is introduced; to be able to put a work together that is uniquely theirs. Through art, each child can learn how to not be afraid of failure and have the tenacity of an inventor. The ability to do this independent thinking can enhance their future success in other subject areas.
I hope this helps as you make your lesson plans. Consider using our curriculum! We incorporate all these elements into an easy to use format for students AND teachers. We also use art as a method of incorporating other core subjects into the material. Art is not just an extracurricular activity! I know in Missouri, where I live, you have to track core hours. With our materials, your art time can count for core because of how we integrate math, science, history and literature into the lessons. Learn more about our products here:
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