Developing art lessons can be overwhelming to create with a busy schedule. Sure you can use the same art lessons every year but every now and again, you’ll want (or be required) to create lessons for a very specific topic or subject.
Over the years, I created a criteria for assessing whether or not a lesson will work in my art program. I call it my SPARKLE method for lesson development. These 7 key steps will help you create art projects that are unique to you, your art program and that your students will love.
IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:
- Why it’s important to flex your creative muscles and see what you can create on your own
- How I get ideas for my new projects, both around the house and while travelling
- Why illustrations have to be understandable for children in order to convert successfully into an art lesson
- What to do if you have a set curriculum to follow
- The secret to know if a project will work for students
- Why you don’t need to apologize for your weaknesses – play up your strengths!
- How it’s important to try out a new lesson yourself before introducing it to your class
- Why if you’re introducing an art concept in a school environment, there has to be a reason for it
- How telling a story or interesting fact about an artist will engage children and make the lesson memorable
- When you’re doing research you can use sensory details to explain or elaborate on an artist’s technique
- How YouTube videos can easily be used to teach kids about artists that you’re not overly familiar with
- When designing a lesson around a master, make sure the person has a broad appeal for the age group you’re teaching to
- How using lingo, or vocabulary, in your art room is a great way to make sure your lesson planning is on track
- The mindset shift I had to make when it came to using 3-D forms
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Sandra Silberzweig (Etsy Shop)
“A Rock Is Lively” by Dianna Hutts Aston
Art Made Easy’s Free Art Supply Checkist (downloadable pdf)
Art with Mati & Dad YouTube channel
Getting to Know Videos on YouTube