As San D mentioned, the Art 2 students will have forgotten much of what
they were taught last year. Start by "reviewing" (which will seem
brand-new to most of them) what they learned last year; you can make it
very similar to your Art 1 class and make it a little easier on yourself
in the beginning 'til you get a handle on what they already know. Trust
me, they will definitely let you know if they remember any of it! You
can start the first day by giving them a fun "test" instead of a
questionnaire to see what they remember. Try tweaking the first-day
suggestions listed on IAD so you can incorporate drawing, color mixing,
composition, perspective, or whatever lessons you will be teaching early
in the semester.
I taught a block schedule at HS for many years. It was NEVER a problem
keeping them busy the whole time (well, okay, there are always the ones
who won't work, but they won't work for a 30-minute class either). On
the days when I was introducing a new unit, I would talk, show slides,
demo, etc. the first day, then review it all for a day or two
afterwards. After I was done, they'd begin to work in their
sketchbooks, or take turns preparing their clay, or work on progress
worksheets that went along with some assignments. I had them trained to
come in, get their materials, and get right to work while I took
attendance and then worked with individual students. Many students
would be surprised when it was time to clean up! It's that good 'ol
right brain shutting off the clock-watching left brain.
>My first question....I am starting my first year at the high school level
>after teaching elementary for two years. I was told I would only have art
>1 this semester, however, they had to give me an art 2 class. i did not
>have these kids during their art 1 so i have no idea what they already
>know. i plan on giving them some sort of questionnaire to find out. I
>wanted to ask if anyone has any great ideas of how to start off the year
>with an art 2 class or just any great lesson ideas in general for art 2.
>My second question....I am also looking for great activites to break up
>the hour and a half class period on days where students may not be working
>on projects the entire class.