It terms of supplies, there is a considerable initial cost to art in the classroom.If you don’t have classroom money left or personal funds to use, consider posting an arts-based project on Donors Choose! Under the influence and direction of Katie King (Queen of the First Grade Jungle) I ordered a class set of Prang Watercolors and 80 pound paper from DickBlick using a 25% off coupon. I also snagged black permanent markers
and individual water bowls
from Amazon under the direction of The Wonder Teacher.
After tracing our work, we started painting. Using The Wonder Teacher’s terminology, we talked about making our paints really juicy with water. This was a HUGE learning curve for my students as their tendency was to dig in the paint and not add enough water. We chanted, “Swirl, swirl, swirl in the water. Puddle in the paint.” a lot. 😉
It was such a successful and fun venture. If you have the funding and opportunity, give art a chance. With our first watercolor-experience, it was skill-based (learning how to watercolor). Moving forward, I’m looking forward to integrating art into our reading curriculum, especially as we start our research unit. So, get together your art supplies and stay tuned! 🙂