When I thought about it I guess I start class a variety of ways. Usually they routinely come in the room pick up their sketchbook by the door and write the notes (
art vocabulary) for the day. If there are no notes, the board will give other directions , such as get certain supplies to set up the table.
Often kids will say" what are we doing to day", so I have a bright magnetic sticker on the board that says "TODAY". Under it I write what's in store for the day.
I like to greet the students at the door , so I like them to come in at get situated right away as I greet the rest of the students. When everyone is in the door
closes and I say good morning/ afternoon you have so many minutes left for notes. When they are done I tell them to look over my the TODAY sign and tell them what we
will be doing. They kids favorite thing is when they come in towards the end of a project and the board says- " get supplies and get to work" It is exciting that
they can't wait to get working on their art. By the time I get them trained they have to move on to their next 6 week class.
BTW- these are middle school kids I am referring to.