Posted on 05. Nov, 2010 by Hillary Andrlik + Theresa McGee in All Posts, Art Games, Books, Clean-up and Transition, Clssrm Mgmt, Cool+Creative, Music+Art, Neat Video, Off-task Behavior, Organization and Preparation, Reviews, Tech Stuff, Techniques, Tools and Miscellaneous
It’s those 5, 10, or 15 minutes when students finish assigned work early that can send a teacher into an internal panic. Instead of panic, be prepared. We have pulled some of our ready-to-use ideas together to help you fill those last few minutes with meaningful content.
Independent Activities for Early Finishers:
- Zentangles: In a sketchbook or on a piece of paper use pencils and pens to create continuous interlocking patterns. Here’s how others have used it: Woody’s Kaleidocycle NAEA 2008, Squido.com, Flicker Zentangles Group
- Odd art jobs
- Create a bulletin board to display ideas for early finishers.
- Draw a still-life: Pick an art tool from around the room and sketch it! You can also have a box or shelf of still-life objects for students to pick from (i.e., blocks, fake plants, toys, fake fruit, containers).
- Create an imaginary, symmetrical bug
- Color Sudoku
- Doodle Loop: Draw a line that loops over itself in several places. Now fill each new shape with a different pattern. See examples of this along with other ideas in the Doodle Lab
- Value Scale: Draw a long rectangle in your sketchbook and then divide it into 5 equal sections. Mark one end white and the opposite end black. Now try to color each space in from lightest to darkest. Challenge: Create another value scale, but use a colored pencil to fill it in such as red or blue.
- Art poster puzzle
- Utilize a Friendly Loom
- Create reading corner / area where individual students can pick a book to read on a variety of art topics.
- Create a free draw area with How To Draw books, paper and a variety of media for independent exploration.
- Check out laptops for a digital area (if you can anticipate early finishers)
- Fill out a paper or electronic assessment form
- Work in Sketchbooks:
- Sketchbooks in Schools: Using sketchbooks to inspire, motivate and engage (Amazing resource for using sketchbooks. Topics covered include, but are not limited to constructing sketchbooks.
- 149 Sketchbook Ideas
- Sketchbook Ideas
- Incredible Art Department: Sketchbook Ideas Elementary or Middle/High School or High School/Advanced Placement
- ArtTeacher’s Resource Sketchbook Assignments for High School
- Sketchbook Ideas compiled from The Getty
Large Group Activities:
- Online quiz games in MyStudiyo and PhotoPeach
- Start a book. Check out these read-aloud recommendations for elementary and for older students.
- Explore art in Google Maps. Find some ideas in this SchoolArts article.
- Play Art Toss Ball, Art Memo, Flexible Hexabits, Pictionary on the whitboard, Sculptorades, Zolotopia, or Teledraw.
- Art Vocab quiz. Give a choice is it 1, 2, or 3 (list possible answers on board with corresponding #). All hold up number of their answer (all participate)
- Music & art integration ready-to-use resources.
- Show a short video from our YouTube and Vimeo favorites
- Free Online Games by Artsology or explore these other online art games
- Magic Pocket Name
- Show Slideshare “Brilliant Examples of Photo Manipulation Art“
- Put up an art print and have students describe what they see in writing. Another option for younger students is to work in groups and generate a list of words they think describes the picture.
- Hold up artwork for a show and tell
- Critique artwork
- Quiz about art concepts to get to line up.
- Sculpture Freeze: Have your students use their body to create a human sculpture. Get specific by asking for a particular type of pose (symmetrical/asymmetrical, precarious/stable, seated/standing)
- Play Simon Says for line vocabulary. Students use their bodies to create a line (vertical, horizontal, spiral, diagonal, etc).
- Eye Spy. Ask students to find examples of art throughout the room or create your own Eye Spy.
- Swat Game. Write art terms on the board. Group the students in teams. Read a definition for an art term that is listed on the board. Armed with fly swatters, the first student to “swat” the correct word wins the round. Fly swatters are then handed to next student on team to continue play.
- Sing some art songs (Red, Yellow, Blues You Tube Video)
- Show an art teacher-created video from Art Class with Ms S or Fugleflicks
The following is a guest post written by Samantha Melvin. She teaches elementary art and music integrating across the curriculum in Burnet, Texas.
Good Things Come in Small Packages. It is such fun to come across a book that our elementary-aged students can read that have ideas for visual arts lessons built right into the story. The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone does just that. It is a fantasy tale, perfect for 2nd-6th graders, about the Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago.
In our story, Jack and Ruthie go on a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago and see the Thorne Rooms for the first time. Jack discovers a key while on a separate special tour with one of the museum guards. The key leads Jack and Ruthie to discovering much more about the sixty-eight rooms! These exquisite rooms, whose design represents the style of a different era and place, were commissioned by Narcissa Niblack Thorne. The artists and master craftsmen created each using only the finest materials. They were built using 1 inch to 1 foot scale. Even the doorknobs turn, and the desk drawers open, truly representing design in miniature. Our characters discover that the key is really a magic key, which transforms the person holding it into a miniature version of him or herself. We live vicariously as they walk into these rooms and step back in time to pre-revolutionary France, or to late seventeenth century America. By connecting with artworks mentioned in the story including Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze, we can demonstrate the link between history and art. In this case, Jack and Ruthie realize that they landed in France prior to its revolution, that had been partially inspired by the American’s fight for freedom from British rule.
Not all of us can travel to the Art Institute of Chicago to visit this wonderful collection. However there are other museums around the country that also have a connection to Thorne’s incredible legacy. The Knoxville Museum of Art, in Knoxville, TN, holds a collection of Thorne Rooms. These represent some of the earliest of her works. The Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures in Tucson, AZ is a museum dedicated to miniatures. In its fantastic collection, one can find the Kupjack Georgian Dining Room, an example of work by one of Thorne’s primary artists, Eugene Kupjack. The Phoenix Art Museum also holds 20 examples of the Thorne Rooms.
Make curricular connections:
Drawing & Math
Connect this wonderful fantasy to the creativity of our students by asking them to design their own “Contemporary Interior” where they design a room, using 1 inch to 1 foot scale, representing their place and time. Either using one-point perspective in drawing, or photomontage from magazines, the design of their own space would be a fascinating view of our 21st Century world from a child’s point of view.
Sculptural Paper Folding & Math
Jack and Ruthie, our adventurous 6th grade characters, go to school together in a Chicago neighborhood. In the opening chapter, Jack shows a bento box that he brought for lunch to school. Ruthie had never seen anything like it, and your students may not have either! Integrate a wonderful paper folding lesson, that implements measurement and folding for creating the bento box, and using paper folding and sculpture for the food. There is a wonderful example in the Thorne Rooms collection of Japanese architecture and design known as the Japanese Traditional Interior that would connect wonderfully with this lesson.
The Sixty-Eight Rooms is a wonderful addition to any book or art club looking to connect literature with art. The magical tale would be a great read-aloud in the art classroom, leading to specific art projects that make children think about their enviroments and design.
Special Thanks to the Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures in Tucson, AZ for permission to publish the photographs of works in their collection, both taken by Balfour Walker. The museum can be found on Twitter at @tucsonmuseum Thanks to Nancy Walker for sharing her Bento Box lesson as well. Photos of teacher samples are from the Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts Summit XI Elementary Sessions hosted by Samantha Melvin and Nancy Walkup.
We were thrilled to see The Teaching Palette as a featured blog in the May/June issue of SchoolArts Magazine! If you missed the article, “Building Your Personal Learning Network, Part 2,” by Craig Roland, you can read it here.
Like an artist that visits a museum for inspiration, we visit blogs to challenge our teaching and thought process. Put simply, a blog is like a living website; it continually digests and shares information. Considering our forum, we thought it might be appropriate to add to the SchoolArts list of blog resources:
There are some amazing art classroom blogs certainly worth exploring out there, so please list yours or any you follow in the comments area below!
Art Education Resource blogs:
- The Carrot Revolution Also mentioned in the SchoolArts article and a source of art inspiration.
- The Art Teacher’s Guide to the Internet On the cutting edge of art education academia.
- NAEA Monthly Mentor A guest art educator each month, be sure to look through the archives.
- ArtTechTivity Art and Technology: Joined at the hip.
- LearningIT Great source to integrate technology into creativity and design.
- The Virtual Classroom Inspiring resource for K-12 art education.
- Denver Artsygal Lots of You Tube art method “how to’s”.
Art Inspiring Blogs:
- Esty – that place where artists sell their stuff has a “Handmade Blog” too. Great inspiration for art projects.
- Vi.sualize.us Inspiration in Imagery.
- Hongkiat Great for digital media and Photoshop users.
- Museum 2.0 The name says it all.
- WebUrbanist Great alternative art and architecture.
General Education blogs: (because we are all in this education thing together)
- Teaching Challenges General tips on teaching easily integrated into the art room.
- Free Resources from the Net for Special Education Really, this blog applies to everyone!
- Angela Maiers Geared toward literacy and learning, great blog that keeps focus on the child as a learner.
- Langwitches Technology integration, global education, and digital storytelling – the perfect link to art education!
- Backroom Educational Technology Blog Great tech and web 2.0 tools.
- Teachers Love SMART Boards Have an Interactive Whiteboard? Here’s your one-stop resource.
- Edutopia What Works in Public Education; a resource for all things education.
- Brave New World Resources for education.
- Teaching with Technology Great resource for Web2.0
- Free Technology for Teachers This blog really deserves it’s own category -an amazing resource!
Blogs are most useful when you are notified that new information has posted; either through RSS feed or via email. Keep up with new postings on The Teaching Palette by clicking here.
Book Title: Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist
Author: Ruth Spiro
Grade Levels: K-8
Category: Books, Art History, Teaching Resource
Product Review: I was introduced to Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist at an art education conference and couldn’t wait to bring him back to my classroom!
The story describes a fictional young artist, Lester Fizz, a dreadfully unsuccessful painter. His life was changed when Uncle Edgar (yes, draw the art history reference) introduced him to a three-dimensional world. Filled with wonderful references to famous art and artists, Lester’s bubble-gum blowing skills transform into pink sculptural masterpieces.
My students were completely engaged throughout the story as they listened to the clever writing and studied the fabulous illustrations. On the author’s website, you can find an activity guide, artist word search and bubble gum fun facts to reinforce learning and make curriculum connections.
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