Many of you probably know of Ian and Melissa from Apex High School. They have developed a list of Artistic Behaviors for the high school level. I have been following along and seeing how they teach their students. Seeing their list gave me the idea to create posters that shows kids what artists do and what exactly is an artist. I decided to simplify the behaviors for elementary school students and start from the basics. Start from the ground and work up. I mean, many of my students come to kindergarten and they haven’t done weaving before or they don’t know that artists make public art. Or they have been exposed to different forms of art, but have not recognized them as such.
Do your students think art is just about making pretty pictures? Do people tell you that your job must be so fun because all you do is play with kids all day? Yes, we do get to play with kids, but there is SO MUCH more that artists learn and do in art class and in the world. I created these What Do Artists Do? posters to advocate for the importance of art and to widen kids’ understanding of art. Here are links so you can download a high resolution copy of the signs:
Another way to use this list is to review the statements and see if your curriculum touches upon these behaviors and contributions of artists.
These go along with my What Artists Do poster sets which are available at my TPT shop. So if you are looking for some colorful and fun art advocacy signs, look no further.
I have these posters hanging in my room now and kids often stop to look at them and comment about them.
One art teacher said, “This set is amazing! Well worth the cost. I plan to laminate them and use them in a Youth Art Month Display. There is an incredible amount of valuable content here that has potential in many ways. Thanks for such a nice supplement for my art room!”
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What would you add to this list?