February is a wonderful time to take stock of what you have already accomplished in the art room and think about what you still want to focus on. The weather is often cold, rainy or somewhere in between and despite it being our shortest month, teachers can accomplish a lot in this wintery window.
I created a calendar for you to download and use a reminder to think about not only the special events in February but also to get a head start on year end activities.
Download February What To Do List below…
While Valentine’s Day and Black History Month are probably top of mind, this is also a good time to ensure that you have a place to store artwork for upcoming Spring art shows.
If you haven’t created your student portfolio’s yet (I know, please don’t gasp…many teachers like me just never seemed to get around to it until absolutely the last minute), this is the month to do it.
Do you do a ceramic unit? If so, this is a good time to start cleaning out your ceramic cupboard, see what you need, throw away all the junk and start adding water to all of those bags of dried up clay (yes, you can reconstitute clay!).
What’s happening this month…
Black History Month
While it’s better not to limit the celebration of black artists to just one month, this is a great time to start.
Here are a few lesson and posts ideas for you:
Alma Woodsey Thomas | Painting a Rainbow Learn about Alma Thomas and her colorful abstract art
Beautiful Blackbird Art Project | The art of Ashley Bryan A great Kinder- second grade project that shares a wonderful book with a color theory lesson
Here’s a list of picture books to help celebrate Black History Month plus matching lessons.
It’s the month of love and I would argue that this too should also be celebrated all year long.
As a teacher who only brought non-religious holidays into the art room, somehow I just couldn’t bypass Valentine’s Day. It may have been the glitter or the pretty red hues but I suppose it was really the happiness that these colors and activities brought to the students.
We have many FREE Valentine’s Day Projects right HERE.
I can hardly wait to watch the showdown between the trio of amazing Russian figure skaters, not to mention the brilliance that is Nathan Chen. I will be glued to my TV set and hopefully you will, too.
I have a couple of Olympic-styled projects that are fun to do this time of year. The handouts provided in each lesson are really helpful, so make sure to download them.
This is my favorite Olympic Art Project that uses painted paper scraps and makes those cool icons that represents all the different sports. It’s a great project for all grades but best for 2nd grade and up.
I absolutely loved creating the Tonal Winter Landscapes with Sports Figures. Any chance I can get to design a figure skating costume, well, I will definitely take it. The sports figure handouts are located in the download so make sure to grab them. In fact, you can use the handouts coupled with markers and paper to focus on Olympic events.
Before you know it, February in all its glittery glory will be gone and signs of Spring will be on the way.
Make sure to stop and smell those supermarket roses and know that it’s 100% OKAY to s-l-o-w waaaay down, not celebrate and do everything and that by just showing up, you are doing something special.