I've been offered (and accepted) an interesting opportunity by my church. The music ministry has decided to reach out to more kids and offer a wider range of artist opportunities to the kids in the community by adding electives. I'm going to be teaching a basic exposure-level course in the visual arts.
I'm really excited by this, for a whole range of reasons. For one thing, I think the arts are being ignored. Plus, in these difficult economic times, it's hard for parents to afford art classes. There are also soooo many kids who would love art, but haven't really had the chance to try it. And I think artsy kids get neglected in church programs (and school, but I digress.) I would love to help rectify that!
I've taught once before--book arts, to adults. But my degree is not in art ed (studio arts, concentration in graphic design). I figure that with an awesome community like Craftster, and considering how many artists also teach, someone out there might have some advice or be able to point me to a good resource!
- 5 or 6 40 minute classes
- First round of classes are for 3rd-5th grade
- Experience level expected to vary widely
I want this to be an actual art class, not simply a glorified craft class. (I love crafts, as it happens, but they do those in school, Sunday school, and lots of other places.) Since it's an exposure-type class, I would like to give them experience with a variety of mediums. I think I want to do a three-dimensional project the last week. Each project must be finished in that one week.
I also want to cover some of the basic concepts of art, including some very basic color theory. But the problem is figuring out what is reasonable in my limited time.
I would appreciate any advice or feedback. Thanks!