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> From: CPKinomi
> To: Mrsbeeswax
> Cc: artsednet.edu
> Subject: Center ideas (long post)
> Date: Tuesday, August 31, 1999 8:39 AM
> 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
> lesson for the day. This works great for the early finishers, although I
> 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
> markers, etc.) including "How to draw" books.
> Painting Center-this table is setup everyday for painting (newspapers,
> cans, tempera in egg cartons, watercolors and brushes). Students must
> cans w/ fresh water for the next class and replace wet newspaper.
> Junk Sculpture Center-the most popular center. Students can build
> using recycled boxes (cereal, crackers,etc.), cardboard tubes and
> else that happens to come into the art room. I send out a wish list at
> beginning of the year and gets lots of "junk" this way. Some students
> work on a project for a month and will visit the paint center to add
> their creation.
> Clay Center-set up with Crayola modeling clay and garlic presses.
> 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
> when teaching.
> The Museum-plastic bins with neat stuff-kaleidoscopes, magnifying
> 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
> absolutely thrilled! This has worked out great for me and they love to
> on their own projects. For classes with poor behavior I will close
> half the centers and this will shape them up for the next week. Let me
> if you need more information. Hope this helps and good luck!
> Carolyn in MA (going back to school tomorrow)