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Center ideas (long post)

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Tue, 31 Aug 1999 08:39:38 EDT

Hi Chris,
I have had centers in both of my art rooms (I teach in 2 schools) for 6
Students are allowed to work at a center upon completion of the assigned art
lesson for the day. This works great for the early finishers, although I run
into the problem of some students who rush through their work in order to
work at a center.
The centers I have set up in my room are:

Drawing Center- a variety of drawing materials (colored pencils, oil pastels,
markers, etc.) including "How to draw" books.

Painting Center-this table is setup everyday for painting (newspapers, water
cans, tempera in egg cartons, watercolors and brushes). Students must refill
cans w/ fresh water for the next class and replace wet newspaper.

Junk Sculpture Center-the most popular center. Students can build sculptures
using recycled boxes (cereal, crackers,etc.), cardboard tubes and anything
else that happens to come into the art room. I send out a wish list at the
beginning of the year and gets lots of "junk" this way. Some students will
work on a project for a month and will visit the paint center to add color to
their creation.

Clay Center-set up with Crayola modeling clay and garlic presses. Students
are not allowed to take the clay home though.

Rubber Stamp Center- set up with various rubber stamps, ink pads and Ed
Emberley thumbprint books

Collage Center- I fill those big box covers with a variety of collage
materials and mat board pieces for gluing.

Weaving Center-for grades 3-5 only. Set up with cardboard looms (Already
warped by me), yarn, potholder supplies, popsicle sticks for God's Eyes.

Chalkboard - I'm the only one left with a chalkboard (the rest have
whiteboards-ugh)! and the students LOVE to draw on the chalkboard.

Art Library-set up with books about artists. I also use this as a resource
when teaching.

The Museum-plastic bins with neat stuff-kaleidoscopes, magnifying glasses,

I just bought a set of wood building blocks and will set up a center with
these-Block Center

I will give an open center day the week before a vacation and the kids are
absolutely thrilled! This has worked out great for me and they love to work
on their own projects. For classes with poor behavior I will close about
half the centers and this will shape them up for the next week. Let me know
if you need more information. Hope this helps and good luck!
Carolyn in MA (going back to school tomorrow)

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