For students in Kindergarten and first grades, making art is most often a fun, delightful, and easy-going experience. Among students in second through fifth grades, there is resistance to making art and "trying" can seem stressful. Some students have expressed their concerns about not knowing how to draw. Also, many times when a boy or girl makes a mistake on their art project, they immediately want to throw their paper away and get a new sheet.
However, very rarely do I allow a student to start over.
I have been encouraging the children to think of themselves as ARTISTS, CREATIVE THINKERS, and PROBLEM SOLVERS, therefore:
1. Making art is fun and to be enjoyed.
2. Making art is sometimes challenging, but not impossible.
3. Making art is a process that requires paying attention, thinking constructively, developing skill, and completing tasks.
4. Making art is an opportunity to turn mistakes into a masterpiece.
Just look at the art that Judson students have created (below).
Every work of art began as a page full of abstract lines. I played music for the class and had each student to listen to the song and express the sounds by drawing lines on his/her paper. Then I instructed the student to look at their scribbles and use his/her imagination. I challenged the student to find a picture on the page. As you can see, the boys and girls imagined animals, machines, household items, and mythical creatures.
Judson Fundamental Elementary Magnet School students have abundant creativity. Now, many students better understand that their mishaps in art class are NOT a reason to become frustrated or stop. Instead, they should think creatively, continue trying, and stay focused.
We are the Warriors...and we're off to a great start in Art enrichment!