The art room is a place of exploration and discovery of both the students environment as well as the self. My students come from a variety of backgrounds and therefor have a range of experiences. One aspect 98% of them have in common is living in poverty. So almost all their art room experiences are new to them!
Working with art materials to create stories is a key learning tool to learning how to read and write.
Art is a safe place for all students, especially those learning English as a second language. Because Visual Art Education is visual, students are able to follow directions, create and learn, overcoming the language barrier. This in turn builds their self esteem and love of learning. I tell my students being an artist is a way of thinking and not always what your final project looks like. This allows students who are apprehensive about trying new things, to take risks. Students love exploring with the materials, learning about how subjects connect with each other and sharing their work when they are done.
These stools will allow more freedom for students to work. I teach K-5. The size of the chairs in the art room are much larger than those found in K/1 classes. Legs often get caught in the back of the chair as some students want to kneel. Some want to stand, leaving the aisles cluttered and a safety issue. Stools could be tucked under the table and out of the way. This will help students focus more on their projects as the stools are appropriate for a range of size students. Stools are also light and transportable for sitting outside to draw in nature.
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