We continue to use the Great Artist program to "brush up" our art skills. In November we studied Diego Rivera.
We started our first Great Artist project of the year. Edgar Degas was the first artist we studied and after a few days students created their own versions of "Green Dancers". We also spread colored chalk all over the desks so cleanup took a while. I'm impressed with their efforts.
One of the strategies I use to help students learn is using a variety of activities that appeal to various learning styles. I also give frequent breaks and embed engaging and enjoyable "choices" as rewards for completing required work. Sometimes we do art together but other times I allow students to go to ArtforKidsHub.com and choose their own art tutorial. These kid-friendly videos walk them through the drawing progress. They love it!
Having fun is an important part of learning in my classroom. Playdoh was given out on the first day of school and is probably the most requested activity. My students love creating with it though sometimes it ends up on the floor. Back to School should mean Back to Fun!