Starting a lesson is no problem in a large class of 32+ in fifth grade
because I turn off the lights and show them some slides. They're so in love
with looking at other peoples art work that they quickly shut up and get
intuned with what we are doing. I hand out dittos with paragraphs about the
history of the artist and the project is listed underneath the paragraph. I
show them a model of what they are to do and I give them parameters for
completing the project that are written on the board. I ask for questions and
quickly go around the room to get everyone on task. I also tell good starters
to help others at their table.
We have huge fourth and fifth grade classes on the Treasure Coast in Florida
and over the years I've accumulated a world of experience in getting the
lesson started and ended.
Hope this helps