FAMOUS ARTISTS/TABLE NUMBERS
Every year I create a board like this with 8 famous artists. Sometimes I repeat artists and I try to add new ones and change the numbers around. Each artist matches a table number: Table 1= Wassily Kandinsky and so on....throughout the year I call each table by their Famous Artist Name (first, last or both)....this is just a little something extra to teach them artist's names, and they always see the artwork associated with the name.
Hopefully, everyone will walk away at the end of the year knowing 8 historical artists! It's also fun when we study an artist and one of these works of art pops up, they all say "It's van Gogh!!" ....it's especially nice when this happens during an observation. :)
FIRST DAY OF ART CLASS:
On the first day of art class, we discuss the art room rules and procedures. This year I created a bulletin board for my procedures called "How to be an Art Star" .....
I've since added some more fun underwater decor to this board, but I thought this would be more helpful than a poster(what i normally use). Whenever I catch a student using one of these procedures I try to reward them with praise saying something along the lines of:"Wow, look at that art star behavior!" And when someone isn't following these procedures I can say "Show me how to be an art star..."
Here's a new addition to the art room, my "Be smART Chart" where I will add vocabulary words from each 9 weeks to the appropriate grade level column. I like the idea that these words are visible for me to use as well as the students. I'll add words as we come to them and I have them printed out in envelopes nearby so I won't forget. In my world it's "outta sight outta mind"...so I'm glad I did this for the kids and myself. This is located right beside my carpet, so I will be able to reference it regularly.
Bonus! Last year I would tell the 2nd graders (for example) that they were using a 4th grade art word and that was inspiring for them, so now they can visualize it on the Be smART Chart! "oh wow, I'm smarter than a 4th grader..."
I've told the 2nd -4th graders that when they completely finish a project (clean-up included) they have the option of reading a book from the art library. I have rules posted now about how to handle the books. We'll see how this works out this year.
Enevitably, someone will put a sharpened pencil in the not sharp cup, however I like this system. The kids know that when their pencil breaks (an accidental break) they just come trade them out, independently. I don't need to be told every five seconds when a pencil breaks. :)
Also I have a huge 'stabbing of erasers' problem...so I try to be the eraser saver....we'll see.
Time Out Station
Ahh, time out....so sad that I need this but this is a must. Sometimes the kids just need to sit out and write the art room rules. It works too...for most kids.
My discipline plan is simple (so I can remember to use it!)
Strike 1: Verbal warning
(I write their name on a little clipboard in a red box....with a dry erase marker)
Strike 2: Time Out....
Most of the time I have them write the rules....the little ones I may just have them sit here for 3-5 minutes with a timer so they know when they can leave...
Strike 3: Art Note Home
I'll have to post a pic of my art notes....they have to take them home and return signed.
Obviously, if someone is really acting up I'll send them to the office as a last resort.
Here's the "strike clipboard"....just a red square laminated on white paper. Oh and you can see the "Magic Brush" ....we use this as a pointer when talking about artwork...sometimes I lay the brush on a super awesome table where everyone is showing art star behavior.