How do I gauge if a lesson is too easy or too complicated for an age group?
I get asked that a lot. And Heaven’s knows, I’ve tried to answer that question myself on more than one occasion. But here’s the thing: judging whether a lesson will work with your little charges gets easier and easier. Still, I resort to a framework that I established by about my fifth year of teaching.
These are my very general guidelines as to what kids in a K-6 art room are comfortable learning while at the same time challenged enough to promote artistic growth. And that’s what this episode is about. How to determine whether or not your class will be up to the challenge of a particular art project.
This episode is perfect for everyone who wonders whether that art project you’re eyeing on Pinterest will suit your class.
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Kandinsky Paper Cutting Lesson
Fancy Fish Collage Art Project
What are Liquid Watercolor Paints
Eric Carle-Inspired Butterflies
Tropical Fish Watercolor Art Project
Faber-Castell Watercolor Pencils
DOWNLOAD MY CHECKLIST OF GRADE LEVEL ART EXPECTATIONS
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Thank you so so much for this. Your podcasts are so helpful.
Can’t wait to see what comes next.
Thanks so much for listening. The line-up for the next month is so inspiring. Stay tuned!
I love this podcast!!! Thank you Patty!!!!
This is the first podcast I’ve ever listened to and I love it. I get super excited when there is a new one! I’m learning so much, and thank you for all of your time, advice, projects and great guests. Keep them coming!!
Great info for me! Where do I find a complete list of DSS grade level lessons?
Click on the turquoise button in the red box above.
I think this is where I found the huge mega list of grade level lessons- hundreds and they say “Zoom in to read more”. I did download your smaller hand out which is great in the turquoise button above in the rec box. But what I am talking about is huge. I printed it out- I had to go click on a different individual grade for each list of lessons. Maybe it is another place on your site. Let me know. I looked over my mega list and want to make sure I have purchased enough lessons. I am planning my whole first teaching year with you!
I’m not exactly sure what you saw, but you can find grade level art lessons in the menu bar. Also I have a resource page in my Teaching Art 101 class. You can access the lessons from there.
https://www.deepspacesparkle.com/sixth-grade-2/ is where I wen to find the 6th grade master list. It is the same address for all the other grades- just use the grade name in place of 6th. This really helps me select my lessons for each grade. Thanks for having a master list by grade though it is challenging to find. I had to look back on my copies to find the address.
Go to Menu bar> ART LIBRARY > LESSON BY GRADE > select grade level
Thank you so much for all the arrange info by all age and grade levels, it`s very helpful for me as I`m starting to plan my classes in a new school, and it gave me a lot of grounding points to start with.
You are so welcome Adi!
A great podcast Patty with lots of helpful information for a newbie art teacher like myself. Thanks so much
I am a grandmother of a girl 9 years old, we live in Athens Greece, I have studied in England in the 60s’ at Bath Academy of Art, Graphic art ,of course I love painting more,but I had to do it because of the family printing factory,anyway now I want to teach my grandaugther who really has talent.This is the reason I am looking for some clues,thank you.