1. Remember—children express themselves through art.
2. Color in the whole paper!
3. Press hard on your crayons.
4. Everyone’s “marks” are good.
5. Scan art from reproductions onto transparencies. Use them for motivation.
6. Never turn down any donated art supplies. Once I thought, “what can I do with 1,000 ping pong balls?” Now that they have been used, I wish I had more!
7. Talk art talk!
8. Call the children artists.
9. ALWAYS make an example for the children from the supplies they are using.
10. Demonstrate a technique, hang it up to talk about it and then take it down so they won’t copy.
11. Create Gallery Walks. Hang art reproductions in the art room, hall or cafeteria. Students look at the art and fill in “Looking Log” forms about the name of the painting and the artist, the medium, the types of lines, colors, the feeling that the artwork gives, etc.
12. Always try a lesson first to see if it works. Use the materials and supplies that the children will be using.
13. Use bulletin boards and exhibits as teaching tools.
14. Learn names.
15. Special Needs Children are not throwaway children. They, too, are God’s beloved.
16. If you hear my voice, clap once…if you hear my voice, clap twice…and I don’t ever want to go beyond to claps.
17. If you have three steps in a lesson, always end by retelling the students the first step.
18. Teach cooperative learning. Children need to learn to work together.
19. When you get complaints about “he/she copied” say, “Take it as a compliment.”
20. When a child says, “I messed up,” answer, “Tell me where and let’s try to fix it. How would you do it differently?”
21. Writing has a place in the art room as well. Children enjoy writing about their work, whether it’s answering prepared questionnaires or responding to questions posed by the teacher.