With my younger grades, I don't focus on technique, except in a few instances
such as brush writing, but encourage them to express themselves. I do stress
the elements , line, color, shape etc and using them in their work and
finding out how other artists use them. I do demonstrate the correct way to
use a new art media we've never used before, such as oil pastels, clay, chalk
when we start a new project, but encourage experimentation.
My older grades, I spend more time on technique and drawing activities
(3rd,4th and 5th) I feel they want to learn to draw and reproduce their ideas
better and need more guidance. I also stress learning and using the elements
and introduce artists that go with each project. I always keep on hand
materials the kids can use in their free time. they are able to use anyway
they choose. Like modeling clay, learn to draw books, stamps, extra drawing
paper, tangrams, magnets and magnet boards. Paper, scissors, glue, pencils,
crayons are always available for free work.
So far, this has worked for me. JH