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Our Elementary Art teacher says, "Mona" and the students reply "Lisa". Then students wait silently for directions.
On overhead/elmo, show a example of a piece of art - classic painting, sculpture, folk art, rock art (petroglyphs), art of nature, etc., and ask students a question about it....or review question about recent activities..... for common corish question, maybe propose that a business has approached them about artistic decorations for their new business...what would they recommend...then again, that might be a bit more than a bell ringer.....
I count back from five starting with a loud voic and lowering my voice volume until I get to zero. By zero they're back to their seats and looking at me for direction. Hope this helps!
I clap loudly..twice, pause slightly and clap three times. This may need to be repeated only one more time. This reinforces what the P.E. coaches do for attention and it is an automatic attention getter in the classroom. Other teachers are following suit and are quite successful.
Name the Four Artists represented by the Ninja Turtle characters.
Leonardo, Michealangelo, Donatello, and ...
Which artist really makes people scream? Van Gough
Which artist demonstrated that time can melt away? Salvador Dolly (spelling?)
Use the style of pointillism and dot a simple outline of an eye.
What is the complimentary color to orange?
Using only basic shapes, roughly draw a simple cat.
Draw a 2 inch square and fill it with your name.
Draw the outline of a an apple and shade it as if the light source was directly above it.
Hope these ideas get you started.
I found a great Art Word of the Day download on www.teacherspayteachers.com. I printed and laminated all of the words and created an Art Word Glossary for my students to use. I post the word of the day on the board and write a short drawing activity below it that incorporates the word somehow. (I.e. Animation - draw an animated character of yourself in pencil). They have 5-10 minutes to complete and then we move on to our lesson. When their time is up for this do now activity I have a desk bell I ring to let them know it's time to move on. This is my "signal" to let them know I need them to stop, look and listen. I also found a great Art Task download on the same website for students who finish a lesson early. Some of these downloads are free and some at a minimal cost for what you get. My philosophy is "Time is Money". As a first year teacher this website has been an invaluable resource and time saver for me! I hope this helps.
Literacy, technology, art topics all rolled into one! Love it!
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