K-6 Rules and Guidelines

Each grade level will be involved in several different forms of creating art including: drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, weaving, collage, assemblage and more. We will learn about a variety of cultures, artists and styles of art; and will create art projects which reflect what the students are learning in their classrooms.

    Throughout the year we will work with a variety of materials some of which may be messy. I do not provide smocks or old shirts for the students. Students are told its ok to wear older clothes on their art day and may bring their own smock or extra shirt with them to art class. Most students are able to stay clean and while we do try to be as careful as possible, accidents do happen.  If your child chooses to bring a smock or old shirt, please label it with your child’s name.

Art Rules

1. Come in and sit down quietly.
2. Respect yourself and others.
3. Respect your artwork and the artwork of others.
4. Talk quietly to those at your table.
5. Share and care for art materials.
6. Keep your area and the art room clean.
7. Raise your hand before speaking.

Art is different from other classes in that it may seem less structured.  This is not so.  It needs a different kind of organization in order for the students to know what is expected.  A 45-50-minute class period is usually divided into three different sections: presentation, work time, and clean up time.
   During a presentation, students are expected to sit quietly and listen carefully to instructions.  Once they have obtained the information they need for the project, we usually have a class discussion where they may ask questions to clarify a point or volunteer unique observations concerning the subject at hand.
   At work time, art class is less structured to encourage creativity.  Low-volume talking is allowed.  As an art teacher, I feel communication between students is important to the process of making good art. They may get up from their seats to sharpen pencils, get materials, or throw away trash when it is appropriate. If students need help, they must raise their hand and stay seated.  I will go to each student who is needing help in the order I see their hands up.
   The last five to ten minutes of class is clean-up time.  Clean-up time is the responsibility of the entire class.  Students are expected to listen to special instructions and complete their specified jobs. When everyone has completed their duties, they will sit quietly at their seats.  I then excuse the tables in the order of who was done first with cleaning and sitting quietly.
   In my art class, I do use a seating chart.  It is a chart organized randomly with both girls and boys sitting together at the same table. Having students sit in the same seats every week helps me to memorize students’ names. It is also helpful for a substitute teacher. This may be subject to change during the school year at my discretion.
   For some projects, students will be able to work in groups of my choosing, with partners or at other tables. At the beginning of each class period, students will find their assigned seats and sit quietly to find out what project they will be working on.
   Since we meet for 45-50 minutes per art class except for kindergarten, students have limited restroom privileges. Their classroom teachers have specified times for drinks and bathroom use during the day. But realizing that situations do arise, students are allowed to use the restroom in art class for emergencies.
   Much of the artwork created by our students is displayed in the art room and in the hallways at school. When the display is changed, the students are allowed to take their art home.
   Knowing classroom rules and expectations will allow for students to have a safe, fun and productive experience in art.
I am looking forward to a great year working with your child. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns.  Thank You, Mr. Hildebrand