Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Do you have Free Art?
Each quarter my students have the opportunity to earn a free art day based on how they manage their behavior as a group in the art room. Classes can earn up to three squares on the free art chart based on behavior during instruction time, creative time and clean-up. It is possible to earn a free art period per quarter. The motivation for free art is the opportunity to create freely for a class period. I have a number of kids drawing books for them to pattern after, a few art bases games and some wonderful dice games from Expressive Monkey, as well as some blocks and a felt board. I try to move around the room and join various groups for a period of time to play games, draw, and visit with them. I am often surprised and delighted by some of the work my students create for these free days. It's also a great way to deal with the off days just prior to vacation when you know your students might be lacking in a focus for real instruction.