Thursday, August 15, 2013

First Week of Art Class

The first week of school and of course, art it is at last! During these first days, I introduce myself to the kids and go over my procedures/rules/expectations in an effort to settle nerves and welcome everyone back from the summer break. I also find that it's helpful to have the kids work on some type of activity, so students in grades 3-5 fill out an index card with personal information (birthday, favorite food, favorite color, etc.), while my younger students in grades 1 and 2 draw a quick self portrait on their card. In addition to this, I have been doing a fun activity at the end of class, an Art Scavenger Hunt (grades 1 & 2 have a separate one from grades 3-5). I made a grid of items for the students to locate around the room. Once they find the media, they are able to creatively fill in each rectangle however they choose using that media. This is a lot of fun and I like the way it sparks communication and team-work. Plus, the paper is such a cool collection at the end! The idea was originally found via a pin, but I want to give full credit to the art teacher, Amy Bonner Oliveri, whose blog can be found here: artwitholiveri


  1. This is great. I followed the link to her page and she even had the download. I will adapted it for Elementary and the materials we use but it is super. Thanks for finding and sharing.

  2. It really is a fantastic idea and the kids really like it! I worked thru several versions until I got it right for my needs, so if you'd like a copy of my document, please send an email to my address listed under my about me page. I'm more than happy to share :) I found the "thumbprint of ink" to be a bit too annoying and replaced it after a few days of wrestling thru it.

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  5. I love the scavenger hunt idea! I saw it on that blog too but I really like how you actually did it!! I hope your second week goes great too!

    1. Hey Alison, thanks! It was fun. I can share the document with you if you're ever interested!


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