If you are an elementary generalist in Canada, chances are, you teach your own art lessons. That can be challenging if you don’t consider yourself an artist, but here are some tried and true routines we’ve put in place with our classes over the years that have saved our sanity.[Read more…] about Are You Avoiding Teaching Art?
Special occasions are a great time to bring out your favourite art projects and Remembrance Day is no exception. We teach in a general classroom which means we’re responsible for art lessons all year long. While we like to teach specific skills with different projects, sometimes you have to have art projects around a specific theme for hallway decorating or assemblies.
Remembrance Day is one of those occasions when you don’t have a lot of time for art because you’re just starting to get deep into your lessons and report cards are just around the corner. That’s why we’ve come up with some simple but stunning projects you can do with your students.[Read more…] about Remembrance Day Art Projects
Here’s a little task you can give to your students to make an environmentally friendly Christmas tree ornament. Using recycled paper products is good for the environment, especially if parents keep the ornaments that are created for generations. It’s especially great if you have lots of extra paper lying around. Rescue it from the recycling bin and use it to make the holidays a little brighter.
This is a great task to put into your makerspace for the month of December, but you can make these any time of year if your paper isn’t seasonal.[Read more…] about Recycled Paper Ornaments
You are in the home stretch! The school year is almost over. Maybe you’ve had the most difficult year of your career or maybe it’s been a highlight. Either way, you’ve made a difference in the lives of the children who’ve come through your classroom this year and so it’s time to clean up, pack up and celebrate.[Read more…] about The End is of the School Year is Coming!
In Canada, elementary teachers teach all the subject areas in most schools-except specialties like French or music. This means generalist teachers like us are expected to teach art, even when we aren’t trained artists. Our students have been known to question some of our drawings over the years, so we’ve had to be creative in finding projects we can teach our students that help them learn, but don’t stress us out. We want to share them all with you.[Read more…] about Connecting Social Studies and Art
Do you need an activity or art project that you can use to teach students about color while making something special for Valentine’s Day? Do you dread having to find something do for Valentine’s Day? Are you a Valentine’s Day fool? Or Scrooge? This is the art lesson for you!
There are several variations to make this Valentine’s Day themed project listed below, but basically it’s a tree with heart-shaped leaves. Sounds great, right? Who doesn’t need a heart-shaped leaf? So cute and easy to make![Read more…] about Valentine’s Day Love Trees