Art Room Visuals Made Simple

Art Room Visuals Made Simple

bob ross creativity

This poster was inspired by my students obsession with the art legend, Bob Ross.




I’m really lucky.  My students hang on to every word I passionately speak on whatever amazing topic I have planned for the day. Yeah right. No matter how much our students look like they are listening and sitting quietly, their minds wander.  In reality, it is more likely that at any given moment at least a quarter of my class is dreaming about creating Pokémon Go club or what they’re eating for lunch.

In an attempt to increase my odds that essential information is repeated, (without verbally repeating), I’ve been creating graphic posters for classroom management and reinforcement of concepts. Thanks to a tip in the Art Teacher group on Facebook, I was introduced to the infographic maker, Piktochart.  Start a poster from scratch or begin with a template, change colors, and move around objects to customize.  Upload your own images or use the extensive graphic library available.  I’ve even outlined my curriculum in a poster format and with one click, used it as a slide presentation on curriculum night.  While Piktochart is free to use and download creations, the reasonably priced educator plan makes the hi-resolution image upgrade worth every penny.

Do you have some classroom visuals that work?  Please share in the comments!

The United Tables of Art

The United Tables of Art

united tables of art

The best-followed rules in my classroom have been the ones that the kids develop themselves.  Last year, I had a group of 7th-grade students who were spending more time disagreeing on their table responsibilities than getting their work done.  Rather than imposing a teacher solution, I just said: “I’m giving you ten minutes to figure out how to work together and share responsibilities equally.”  Those words triggered the humorous, student-generated, and effective  . . . “The United Tables of Art”.

The Constitution for the United Tables of Art

We the people, in order to form a more perfect art union, combine these tables and form the United tables of Art. A government made for the people.

10 Basic Laws and Ideas

  1. John is Judicial.
  2. Albert is executive.
  3. Nate and Blake are Legislative, Nate is House of Rep., Blake is Senate.
  4. All controversy is to be voted on.
  5. Treason is punishable.
  6. Treaties with others must be signed.
  7. Bill of Rights will be followed.
  8. All possible treaties will be taken care of.
  9. Military will be led by Nate, Blake, Albert.
  10. Freedom to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The Founding Fathers,  x________

I thought it was so smart that they figured this out.  I love the equal powers of government described within the document.  They also finished out the year working together better than they had all semester.  I will even say this was a cross-curricular learning experience.  If only I had planned it that way!

We can learn a lot from our students – empower them to find their own solutions to their problems.

How do you set up your classroom rules?