Have them write about art-write about art -- then write more about art!
Students look forward to art and its hands on approach to learning. When you
resort to "traditional" teaching methods such as lecture, reading passages,
class discussions of an artist etc....they'll think twice about misbehaving
(as a group). I have in the past stopped midway in a paper mache project
(they did not get to continue the project) and they wrote silently about
their behavior without music, then they wrote about a painting of my choice
with music. I never had to do this a three times with one class, which was
good because I was tired of trying to read their hand written papers (which I
graded). This was a back up lesson for when students misbehaved with a sub
as well. You will always have those few- but as long as you know who they
are you can deal with them separately. This worked for me. Its not any less
work for the teacher but it does help to gain control. Those students who do
well normally will do well during these activities as well. What is nice
about this is that the students are still learning about art.
Good luck Kathy in Kalamazoo