The one thing I love about blogging and following all the great art blogs online today is the wonderful connection I feel with art teachers, not just across the country, but also across the world. It's an amazing thing that the touch of a key can open windows into art rooms in Brazil, or Australia, or the UK or anywhere. It's an amazing thing to look at the map behind the dashboard and see people coming together from all over the world.
So I thought today I might tap into all that energy and post a question for the blogging community concerning kindergarten art. I'm especially interested in what works for you.
I'm sure I'm not alone in this, but to me, kindergarten is THE MOST challenging class to teach. (Probably stems from an especially traumatic student teaching experience with kindergarten, which in hindsight is hilarious, but I'll save that for another post). Anyway, in my particular case, in one of my schools, I teach art on-the-cart, which is difficult at best. The kindergarten class is relatively large. And the room is arranged in a very awkward way for art. (No great place to hang art examples where all kids can see them. Tables of varying sizes arranged all around the room, difficult to see all the kids and for them to see me. No good place to do a step by step demonstration for kids, etc. I have a 50 minute class and some kids are finished way before that. Passing out materials and collecting everything at the end art is chaotic, and behavior is not great.)
I feel like I've been bumping along, waiting for things to get better, but clearly things are not where I'd like them to be. I've tried working as a whole group and in centers with this group, but in each case, things kind of fell apart, and I'm looking to take this class in a new direction.
So my question is this, what is your experience with kindergarten art? Please share. I'd also love some input on great Kindergarten lesson plans, because I'm always struggling to keep it simple, yet engaging. Does anyone else teach K on the cart? What's your experience? I'd just love to hear everything near and far about kindergarten, because I want to get better at this.
Thanks for listening. I'm going to share two very interesting kindergarten links.
I found this post http://inartclass.blogspot.com/ which lead me to http://ms-artteacher.blogspot.com/2010/12/kindergarten-teaching-with-art-centers.html
And then...there's always this....http://artteachershateglitter.blogspot.com/2011/02/um-so-yeah-this-happened.html, where I hear congratulations are in order!