In my opinion, organization is key in an art room. It makes the year flow smoothly and keeps me sane. Keeping track of student's artwork over the course of a year is a big piece of that organization test. I have found that storing completed artwork in labeled boxes according to grade level and filed by class works the best for me and my students.
I label boxes at the start of the year by grade level along with cut sheets of chip board with the individual classes labeled inside each box. As students complete projects they get added to the correct "file".
I did something really smart this year and timed it right so when we returned from winter break all my students made a portfolio. These were labeled and filed in each appropriate class and then filled with their previous projects. I will continue to add completed artwork to their portfolios as the year progresses. At the end of the year kids will take their complete portfolio home to share with family and friends. This also makes a GREAT sub plan! Don't waste precious class time making them and an easy to leave behind plan with minimal supplies and prep. Feel free to snag the pdf sub plan in the Shop up top and use for your own sub plans!
1. Fold a 18x24" paper in half
2. Take two 12x4.5" colored papers and fold them in half
I like to have each grade level have a specific color to better keep track.
3. Glue the folded color paper to the edges of the white paper.
Leave a little gap in between white folder and colored paper to allow for 9x12" papers ot fit in easily.
4. Label the edges with grade and class and names.
I was so taken with Catherine Rayner's illustrations when I stumbled across a few on the world wide web. I did a little digging until I connected her beautiful watercolor sketches to her website which can be found here: www.catherinerayner.co.uk.
Catherine is an award winning author and illustrator. Her artwork features mostly animals and showcases her amazing ability to coax and entice watercolors to make the most amazing color and texture combinations.
She was a perfect artist to explore with my classes when I needed a simple project that highlighted the different values that you could achieve with watercolor. First grade has been talking about authors and illustrators in their classroom and it was a great tie in where they had already been talking about the likes of Beatrix Potter and Leo Leonni in their homeroom.
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