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Lesson Plans

attention span of the young art student

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Rosa Juliusdottir (rojul)
Tue, 20 Jan 1998 17:44:36 +0000

Hi everyone. I have not been very active in the discussions for a long time
but follow them faithfully and with great enjoyment. I do teach the ages 4
through 6 in my youngest group at the Art school and also a group of 6 to 9
yrs. old. The young ones come for 1 hour pr. week and I think they seldom
(or at least only few of them) can do only one project in that time. I have
found that if you are doing one project, painting for example it has to be
built up so they get to do at least two or three paintings each. We must
remember a child this age really is quite sure when they have finished
their work and we should respect that. If we are painting I usually set up
a place for them to go to when they are finished to do related drawing work
with either felt tipped pens or crayons. They do this very happily and work
concentrated and well ītil the time is over.
I also feel that the introduction of each lesson is extremely important,
the children need to connect strongly to what we are going to do. We
usually sit on the floor in a circle and I talk to them, even show them
slides, or transparencies and then they get to talk and sometimes handle
objects that are relevant to our projects, flowers, toys, etc. This puts
them in a great working mood and they work very well for at least 40
minutes during which I walk among them (they all paint on easels) and
praise them in a constructing manner; " how beautiful that blue colour you
are using is" or that red/orange form up in the right hand corner is a
fantastic shape", praising is one of the best ways to get students to
continue on their work and it builds their confidence and you can teach so
much through it.
My older students (6 to 9 yrs) come for an hour and a half and most of the
projects are for that amount of time, occasionally we are working on
something that takes two weeks or even three, then that is often a group
project like a mural(done on construction paper) or something like that. My
belief is that it is not until students are 9 or older that they really can
handle well working on projects that take many weeks. My groups of 9 to 11
yrs., and 12 to 14 yrs. come for two hours once a week and they often work
on projects for three weeks at least but even those I feel like to break it
up with something small in between and then related to what we are doing.
We were f.example doing acrylic painting that took few weeks and we broke
it up with some live drawings(model) in between and that really worked
I guess I really have written far to much but just felt the need to add
something to this discussion. Best regards from the far north, Rosa