Paula, one first day of school activity I have done successfully is to have
a line drawing of someone recognizable on a large sheet of paper. Cut into
sections (# them on the back first!!!). Have students color in their square
any way they want. After they leave put the squares back together so the
next day they walk in and see the finished product. One year I did a line
drawing of myself. Somehow one square came up missing, so I put a huge sign
above my picture that said "I'm just not complete without all of you!" Since
this is pretty much a doodle activity I have them do this as I go over rules
& procedures - I find they listen better when their hands are busy,
especially this first day when they are hearing the same thing in every
classroom. Another similar activity is to simply cut up an 8x10 copy of a
photo of someone recognizable & have students enlarge their section - this
takes abit more thought & will take more time, especially if you want them
to shade & accurately reinterpret.
3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
HS Digital Communications
Technology Integration Specialist
>I am a first year teacher, and will be teaching high school Art this fall.
>Any advice on how to do the first day? How to present the rules? I'd like
>to let the students work with some media the first day, just to experiment
>and have some fun. ( the classes are 1 1/2 hours, so we have plenty of
>time) For the 3D classes I think I'll give them a samll piece of clay and
>let them make a pinch pot. Any ideas for the 2D classes? Any other advice
>on teaching high school students will be greatly appreciated!!!