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Re: [teacherartexchange] starting an after school art club


From: Chris Lincoln (artloverlincoln_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Jul 16 2006 - 10:21:46 PDT


I, too, teach the same grades at a parochial school. I offered a
summer art club this year emphasizing 3D art. It has been a very
successful summer. We used a lot of clay, papier mache, faux batiking
on muslin, tile mosaics and a couple of watercolor pieces. A $25
material fee was charged which ended up being more than enough to
cover my material costs.
My main customers where in the 1-5 graders. It seems that most of my
middle schoolers are involved with either team sports or academic

Best wishes,

Chris Lincoln
St. Mel School

On 7/16/06, d putnam art <> wrote:
> I teach art in a small grade K1 through grade 8 parochial school. Right now
> our students have art once a week for 30 to 50 minutes. We do okay with
> limited time and resources but there is so much more I could offer if we had
> more time. I am considering starting an art club, lasting about an hour and
> meeting once a week after school. One of the ideas I have is to offer the
> club to my older kids first, maybe grades 5-8 and then another club for
> grades 2-4 later. My biggest concern at this point is turning away students
> so I am thinking of creating a lottery system or even having two sections
> meeting every other week. In a smaller group I thought I could have children
> working at their own pace and on self directed projects that interest them
> like animation, architecture, web design, weaving, drawing, etc. What I
> don't want to do is to get in over my head and disapoint my students by not
> providing enough direction and attention. I would love to hear from other
> teachers who are running art clubs and find out what you have learned. Are
> your clubs structured with officers? Do your clubs perform any community
> service? Are your students working on individual or group projects? Thanks
> in advance for your advice.
> Debbie Putnam
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