Tips for Primary School Teachers

Staying up to date with teaching art techniques.

Unleashing creativity in sessions that are fun for you and your students.

 Welcome back to the classroom.

There are thirty two weeks in the primary school term. Please accept my apologies if this is a depressing thought in the first weeks of school term. But, to put it another way, there are thirty two art and craft/creativity projects to be completed in the upcoming term. These must incorporate textiles, music, drawing, painting and anything else that you can inspire both you and your charges.  Don’t panic. You are not the only educators with cardboard boxes full of tubes, paper plates and glitter intended to inspire and motivate the budding Warhol in your care.  If you are among the many teacher frantically  Googling ‘100 fantastic things to make with straws’ the night before class and hurriedly downloading instructions on the day, we have some pertinent advice for you, which will unleash the creativity of your students and release you from the worry of the ‘art and craft session.  Let the fun begin.

Make art, don’t just teach it:  Let your own creativity run free, not just in the classroom, but at home too. Set some time apart every week for your own projects.  This will remind you of the joy of creating and encourage you to see the world in a different way too. Don’t worry about time being short, keep a  journal in a sketchbook, make your own greeting cards, paint on your iPad, decorate your lunch bag…. just do something.

Visiting Artist:  Invite a local artist along to show their work and discuss their methods. This will not only inspire you but will encourage students who may be thinking of making art a career in the future. Choose sculptors, designers or jewellery makers to show that creativity is not restricted  in anyway.

Gallery visit: Every small town or big city has a gallery which is worth a visit during the year. Bring sketch books and pencils and let the creativity flow as the inspiration takes hold.

Digital photography: Digital photography can provide a new form of communication to the quieter child. It provides a new way of seeing the school, surroundings and to document school activities. Try focusing on one subject matter, trees or school bags and conduct an arts project of digital images.

Street Art: Brighten up a blank wall with a mural. Street art is mainstream now.  http://www.redtedart.com/2012/09/12/kids-get-arty-exploring-street-art-banksy

Computers: Your computer is a versatile craft tool.  Use it in the classroom to create amazing artworks.     http://www.allcrafts.net/computer.htm   

Read Blogs:  Keep in touch with other teachers by reading an art teacher blog a week.  The best way to have virtual colleagues who understand what you go through each week! Good ones here https://www.pinterest.com/daartistee/art-teacher-blogs/

It’s a new term and like the optimism and possibilities which present with a blank canvas, we wish you a great term of creativity and expression.