At a previous school, I had loose paper ready to go (1/2 sheets of copy
paper), in boxes as the kids walked in. They grabbed a sheet, sat down,
I introduced a quick warm/up (5-10 min). Then they got down to work...
Actually this grew out of a need for more transition/set-up time between
classes. During the warmup I'd pass out the ongoing projects or some of
the supplies ready for the rest of class that day.
I saved those sketches all year in copy paper boxes, categorized by
class and grade, then each student assembled their sketches into a book
at the end of the year. Parents looked forward to these books.
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Sent: Friday, October 15, 2004 7:40 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: Bellwork?
It sounds to me like sketchbooks would be a solution to give your kids
an instant warmup/start to every day. You would have to have a list of
sketchbook assignments for them, but I would also let them use the time
in their sketchbooks to choose their own topics, at least sometimes,
once they see the types of things you want them to put in sketchbooks.
Visit our student's web art gallery at St.John's School
click on "Stories of SJS," click on "Arts Stories," click on Linda
Woods' name. View artwork by Lower, and Middle School students as well
as our art archives.