How to Demonstrate an Art Lesson: AME 081

The fine art of art demonstrations is not something we learn at school. Often, teachers are plunked in front of a class without knowing exactly what to do. Do you show a finished project? Where do kids sit? Do you have supplies on the table or do you offer a self-serve approach?

Believe me, I’ve been there!

This episode is in response to a question posed in our Sparkler Facebook group:

I’m curious, how do you all demonstrate a lesson? I’m on a cart and don’t have access to a document camera. The flow of my lessons feels a little chaotic and I feel it is part due to students not understanding how to create the projects. I usually give verbal instructions and perhaps demonstrate a technique on scrap paper, but then those in the back have trouble seeing.

Such a great questions, right?

This episode reveals my strategy of how I staged my demonstrations in my art room from how children enter the art room to working on a project.


– How I use my white board to prepare for a lesson

– Ways I managed my classroom to allow students to have a calm state of mind

– How I get children to listen

– Why document cameras or powerpoint presentations aren’t my thing

– What to do if you forget to talk about a step in the lesson

– Why you should always be aware of the dynamics in your classroom


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  • chandi

    I loved your comments! I am old school! I show on a white board! I specifically like your comments on giving attention. Seriously now., I have a good class who follow along, all but one girl that struggles with spacial relationships, drawing, and finishing her lessons! I am going to bring up in the art group, Thank you

  • Amy McReynolds

    Great episode. I am with Patty. I had a document camera but so rarely used it that I gave it to another teacher. I have my kids sit on a carpet for group time. I do have a SmartBoard where I create a lesson that includes fine art images, visuals, songs, embedded videos, etc. I also have two large white board easels that I use for modeling. I have taught K-2. They do best close to you when teaching the lesson. I believe that modeling all the process steps is so valuable. Also breaking the lesson into manageable parts to fit the developmental level of your students is important. Just as with an academic subject like math, if kids are not taught strategies to solve problems, they will just haphazardly do trial and error. Strategies must be taught for students to use them and this includes art. 😊 I have a large white board that runs across the front of my classroom too where I leave examples of all the process steps so that students have a visual reference to refer back to. This type of presentation ensures that when students go to their tables for studio time, they are ready to create with confidence.

  • Joy Mckee

    I thoroughly enjoyed pod casts 81& 82 today. I teach private classes for small groups and don’t have some situations you mentioned with seating ect. but still learned so much

    Hi Patti!
    Pod casts 81& 82 were the first ones that I have heard and they were great. I teach small groups and don’t have some of the situations you covered,but still benefited from the actual teaching approaches you presented. Can’t wait to listen to more! Thanks.

  • Leslie Banta

    I listened to this one a second time this morning, and heard even MORE things that help me prepare my mind for teaching. I can’t tell you how much more prepared I feel this year with Sparklers “at my back” so to speak, and all these podcasts allowing me to hear the voices of other people. It’s invaluable to be inspired; THANK YOU, Team Sparkle. xx, leslie banta, virginia

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