With my Arts Education class, we got the chance to go to a Kindergarten class at McLurg. This was an experience I will never forget! First off this classroom was huge, it was a lot bigger than the Kindergarten class that I was in for my pre-internship. I learned that this classroom was originally two separate classrooms but the teachers decided to team teach. They had a garage door separating the classrooms so all they had to do was lift up the door and woola! There were 30+ plus children in this classroom but they made it work. They had sections on the carpet so every student knew where to sit. When doing centers, each student moves after a certain amount of time. They knew how to handle a big class and they made team teaching very effective. So why did we go see this classroom?
So why did we go see this classroom? Well, one of the teachers was an art major and she decided to teach her Kindergarten class about different artists from around the world. I thought that was crazy, there was no way that these little children remembered these artists or actually learned anything. I was proven wrong. Every morning they have circle time on the carpet and they teach children the artist name like Pablo Picasso and they teach them about what kind of art they do as well as personal facts about the artist. When they asked the students to name an artist that they have learned, many of the students had answers. They remembered the names as well as most of the facts. This was incredible to see. I was teaching Kindergarten at the time but I was there only once a week so I didn’t get to experience the students recalling much information.
The teachers would also get the students to do an art piece that was like the artist that they were learning that week. When we were there we had to help them make a Picasso. In the picture above is Sarah and she was the little girl that I got to work with. We created that piece together, I did one side and she did the other. What was really neat about my experience is that some of the children do not think they are good at art but their teachers always reinforce that anyone can be an artist!