Saturday, October 13, 2012

Ready? Set. Art Studio!

I took a course called Class Room Management in grad school with Dr. Meadows. It was one of my favorite classes because I love thinking of ways to be organized in the art room. Here are some of the things I do to make my day go smoothly.

The picture above shows my media expectations chart. I flip it to new expectations depending on what material we are working with. The first thing on my list is to share. In elementary art, I feel like I have to remind them that the materials below to EVERYONE.

I got married and my new name Kuhn sounds like Coon. I've embraced the raccoon as a classroom mascot. I decided to let him hold the art studio rules. 

The art teacher who taught here before me had this really great class cubbys made. I have a shelf for each homeroom. They have art codes that match the labels on the cubbys.

Sorry this isn't the best picture. If you look at the cabinets, you can see my Art Effort Rubric. I created a drawing of the same subject matter five times. Each time I put a little more effort in my artwork. Number one took the least effort and five took the most effort. If I think a student needs some motivation, I refer them to the Art Effort Rubric. I asked them to rate their work and then to tell me what they think they could do to it to make it a 4 or a 5 on the effort scale. 

We have been working to become a Leader In Me School. In the art studio, I would like for students to be able to solve problems without shouting out "I MESSED UP!" Whenever someone panics over they work, I point them to this poster and encourage them to find a solution to their problem. There are NO mistakes in art. There are just different ways to do things. 


  1. Hello, thought I'd be brave & post a comment. I have one of your posts pinned in my Pinterest Craft boards,(the one above about "Mistakes". Mrs. Kuhn you look like you have a fabulous classroom, I've had the privilege to teach Preschool on and off for 7 years in CA, (near Silicon Valley) and we have NO State funded art classes in the lower grades, Instead our Home & school club raises $ then parents (like me) go in 4x a year & teach 1 hour lessons from "Meet the Masters". You actually have my dream job. Very cool. ~Annie.

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