Do you get frustrated when your students rush to finish a project to work on free drawing or a coloring sheet?
Do you find you are constantly being challenge to find solutions for early finishers?
In this episode of Art Made Easy, I walk you through strategies to help your students finish an art project during the scheduled time plus tips to help you assess your lesson timelines, free choice activities and grade-level projects.
IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:
- Why you really need to step back and look at the reasons why timing is problematic in the first place
- What to expect when kids begin art projects
- How providing predictability in what your children can expect in the art room can go a long way in gauging how long it will take them to do a certain task
- How demonstrations can be used before, and during a lesson, to grow the listening and attention skills of your students
- Why your reaction matters
- The benefits of sticking to a lesson that was tested for that grade level
- Why setting up as many limitations as possible for the “perfectionist” student is the best thing you can do
- How to use free choice time effectively
- Why portfolios can be a good alternative to free choice
- The benefits of directed line drawings and how they can be used to help get a handle on how long children are able to work on a project
- Patty’s strategies and script for teaching a direct drawing
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Patty! you were speaking to me! I am a first year teacher and true to life, we are going through our 5th week of school and I noticed that the “when I am finished” work has become more important than the actual lesson work. I really learned so much from this podcast. Thank you!
This was very helpful-thank you! Could you do a podcast on best practices for clean-up procedures in the art room? How do you do cleanup with different grade levels? Also, how do you end an art class? What kinds of ways to you ask students to reflect on their work or learning before leaving the art room? Thanks so much!
Great topics! Thanks so much!
A gallery Walk around the room is a great way to end a project/unit. I have the students leave their art work on the table, push in their chairs and silently(I stress this step) walk around the room and observe their classmates art work. During this time, I ask them to choose 1-2 projects that really stood out to them and what it was about the projects (effort, creativity, use of color/shapes, etc.)that they enjoyed about that piece of work. After they all return to their seat, the students share out which projects caught their eye (I’m also thinking of having the students write it down and hand it to the artist). When we begin a new project, I always have student’s asking if we will do a gallery walk afterward. It’s a great way to recognize the student’s work.
I love using line and shape practice worksheets and pre-assessments for the next lesson for the few early finishers at the end of a project. I find students cannot get enough practice looking at and drawing their shapes. I have them at different levels of complexity by grade. When the rest of the class starts their worksheets, I have the early finishers create a drawing on the back of their worksheets using the shapes they just practiced.
Patty this was such an informative episode. I found it valuable because I teach private one-on-one art sessions to kids and I applied your advice on engagement and portfolios – it has worked wonders. Thank you so much for podcasting your expertise!
Thank you so much, Patty! I am a first year teacher and it is March already, but I still struggle with these issues. My 7th grade classes consist of 34 students with varying learning issues and I find my myself running around the room to address kids individually. I need to get better organized with demonstration and your “cap on/cap off” idea is brilliant. Going forward, your suggestions will help me set up for next year.
One of the things that I do as an “Earlier Finishers” activity, is to have supplies out for decorating a backdrop for how the art will be displayed, or part of the end of the year art show display. For an example: maybe the art activity is a colorful giraffe. I will have a table covered with yellow butcher paper and organic shapes for the children to color in. This will be the backdrop for the pictures they had completed. Then I don’t have to do it. And the display of their artwork is all about them from start to finish.