This has been an amazing week. Teachers have told us that they feel much more comfortable talking about works of art, and that they are less intimidated by both the art they see and the art they create. Today we heard from nine groups of teachers who managed to create arts-integrated language art lessons that were full of kinesthetic activities, meaningful connections to students’ lives, and opportunities for play. We will post pictures and lesson overviews on Monday, so stay tuned!
After three jam-packed days of tours, art-making activities, and discussions in the galleries, teachers worked hard to develop an arts-integrated lesson with a very challenging deadline—that is, by tomorrow!
If you participated in today’s program, leave a comment based on tonight’s reading assignments. What is one idea for a meaningful art-making activity that is developmentally appropriate for the grade level you teach?
During the third day of the Art & Language Arts seminar, teachers and Getty staff drew inspiration from drawings, decorative arts, and nature. And the results took the form of…animal sketches, decorative wall paper, dream beds, drawings of nature, poetry, imaginative narratives, descriptive writing, lively discussions, and more!
No matter what we did, we tried to tap into our playful, creative spirits. To learn how some classrooms are putting art and exploration at the center of learning, read
“The Garlanded Classroom” from The New York Times.
So the question still remains…if you want to provide more artistic opportunities for students, how do you carve out time for this in your busy school year? If you participated in today’s program, leave a comment with a time-saving tip or trick that will allow more time for meaningful art experiences.