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Art Centers 2.0

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Classroom management in the art room can be a tricky thing. That's why a few years ago I decided to try something new - I used art centers as the incentive in my classroom management plan.

So how does it work? Glad you asked!

Line-Up Dot Spots

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Crying kinder: "Art teacher! He pushed me!!"
Me: "Why did you push her?"
Other on-the-verge of crying kinder: "Because I'm number 7! She was in my spot!!"
Crying kinder: "Nuh uhhhh!!"

Let's be real people. We get this EVERY. TIME. KINDERGARTEN. LINES. UP.

Family Portraits (3rd)

For the past couple years I've been doing a family portrait drawing project with my 3rd graders for their Square 1 Art fundraiser project. I mean.. who could resist a child-drawn picture of their family? If my son brought that home I'd buy two of everything! #adorable
Drawing with 3rd graders can be tough. Some of them are still at the point where they are willing to try drawing whatever.. but unfortunately some of them reach that tipping point where all of a sudden if they aren't immediately successful, they think they can't do it.
That's why for this lesson I took a more step-by-step approach with them. We all began on the carpet in my classroom. I showed my students a brief PowerPoint explaining what a family portrait is, and then we compared and contrasted two very different family portraits drawn by children (one was an image I found online and the other was an example by one of my 3rd graders).
We talked about how the portrait drawn by the 3rd grader had a background, was fully colored, had the family members overlapping to create space, had thought about body proportions, etc., while the portrait found on the internet did not. My students all agreed that the portrait with all the extra details was definitely a more successful drawing.

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