Earn Art Centers using a Color Wheel

I use Color Wheel Charts to reward each class for following my expectations for their behavior. When they fill their Color Wheel, they earn a Centers Day! Supplies: Color Wheel Charts: (Print one in color, one in black and white) Color Wheel Chart Posters: Earn a Color, Extra Special Centers Individual Centers: Earn Colors Seating Chart Adhesive Velcro When…

Creative Thinking at the End of Art Class

Create a smooth end-of-class transition by asking students creative questions once they are lined up. Downloadable Question List: Circle Up Questions Downloadable Blank Template: Circle Up Template   It is a balancing act, figuring how much time to give kids to clean-up at the end of art class! Too little time, and you’re left with a messy room…

A Flexible Way to Assign Art Jobs

Video Tour: Vinyl Tape in the Art Room When I started teaching art at an elementary school, I tried out two ways of assigning clean-up jobs that totally failed. I lovingly crafted a job chart with velcro labels that would rotate each table through a job they would do at the end of class. I quickly…

Connect with Students by having an Artist of the Day

When we switched to a schedule where I would be seeing every student in our school every 6 days, my first concern was figuring out a way to connect with each of our 860 students. It was dizzying prospect; I was unsure of my ability to remember each of my student’s names, much less get to know…

Organize your Art Schedule with Color!

Classroom Video Tour: Organize with Color! Seating Chart Template: Seating Charts I was lucky to find out what my schedule for this year would be about a month before summer started. That gave me time to wrap my head around changing from a quarterly system where I saw third and fourth graders every day for nine…

Free Computer Timer and Alarm Clock

The worst art teacher feeling in the world is looking at the clock while your students are painting and realizing that they leave in 3 minutes! I have tried multiple alarm solutions to avoid that stomach-sinking feeling. For a year, I had alarms set on my phone. It was better than nothing, but sometimes the…

Motivate Students with Art Tickets

It’s important to me that I have meaningful incentives built into my classroom routines. I wanted to use something more substantial than a box of trinkets to motivate my students. I came up with three different Art Tickets that students can choose from. I love that the tickets are for things that really matter to…

Organize Artwork using Art History

 Elementary students learn about and connect with the artists their tables are named after. Downloadable PowerPoints: Table Artists 2015 & Table Artists 2016 Supply Box Printables: Table Artist Images & Table Artist Names   I only have my students for 28 class periods, which makes me want to fit art history into every facet of our classroom routines. I discovered a…

Listen Up! Game

Listen Up! Game is perfect for introducing elementary students to the art classroom.