I teach art to 220 amazing elementary age students that range in age from grades K-5. My students are predominately ELL students who have had little exposure to the arts and all it entails. Their focus has been learning the fundamentals of language acquisition, reading, math, and Science.
My students love to explore all the materials and concepts that encompass the arts.
Their education can be rounded out with the whole brain development that creativity allows. My curriculum emphasizes the art-making processes, materials, the elements of art and the principles of design. I also incorporate art history and literacy into as many lessons as I can.
My art classroom has one window. Many projects would be simpler to complete if my students had access to a light table. This will enhance their ability to trace fine details on their projects.
For example, in January we explore the construction of snowflakes.
Each student uses graph paper to create unique and symmetrical snowflakes. They then trace these snowflakes onto white paper, outline them and finish the effect with watercolor and glitter. In the past, they have had to hold their projects up to a window in order to trace them. A light table would make it so much easier to complete their task.
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