As a school-age staff member, you will be planning visual art and literature experiences for school-age children. The table below will provide you with some examples of each:
- Sketching and drawing
- Sculpture (clay,dough)
- Photography and digital Art
- Artist studies and art History
- Group murals
- Fashion and fabrics
- Multicultural art
The Visual Arts
- Creative writing
- Journal writing
- The writing process
- Author studies
- Studying the literary elements (theme, plot, character, setting, point of view, style)
When planning visual art and literature-based experiences, you should provide a combination of free-time activities and activities that are planned. Planned activities can focus on skill-building activities or consist of multi-step projects that require adult-led instruction. While these types of activities tend to be product based, you can encourage creativity by allowing children to put their own style or personal touches into the project.
The following are methods of including visual art and literature elements into free time:
- Areas for open-ended art projects should be available at all times. These areas can be filled with traditional items like paper, crayons, glue and scissors. You should also include other items like toilet -paper tubes, foam pieces,stencils, paper bags, stamps, paper plates or magazines. You can rotate items as well to keep the area fresh. Providing a variety of items will give children choices and allow them to create with their imaginations.
- Provide resources that teach childrencertain skill-based art experiences like drawing, painting, sculpting or papier mache.
- Provide books and materials that focus on famous artists. Children can learn about their lives, see their artwork, and learn about the different types of art genres.
- To encourage literature-based experiences, there should always be writing paper and pencils available. You can also give each child a journal and space in the environment to store it. This way, children are able to write whenever the mood strikes.
- Fill your library with quality books on all levels and genres. Do not forget about picture books, even older children will enjoy reading stories and looking at the illustrations. A great place to start is the Caldecott Medal and Honor book winners —these are picture books that have been recognized for their artwork.