Drawings, Music, Emotions: collaborative project

Matching drawings, music, and emotions is a fascinating experience, which helps to express yourself and your own feeling. Is not possible to fail or to make mistakes, and the experience has always a liberating effect. With Grade 8th students we experienced how the music can create emotions that we can turn out in drawings. We worked in groups of four on a large drawing sheet, sharing the same … [Read more...]

7 tips for a good start

The school year is about to begin, and every teacher, student and parent is preparing for the school's challenges. Last year I attended a very good course, offered by Metadidattica, which helped me to define my idea of school and teaching (just in Italian language... sorry!). At the beginning of this school year, was also presented another course dedicated to first days of school. I like to share … [Read more...]

Final exams 2015

Every year, when my students have the final examinations of middle school, I wonder what they’ll remember of all our lessons in these three years. Somebody ‘will remember some experience into the Art room, another one will remember something that has emotioned him , incuriosito, astonished or bored him. I know that knowledge at this age is led mostly by emotions, and at the end of every year, I … [Read more...]

How to clean up

How to clean up the working tools after use? We know that, especially when we paint, it is inevitable to have plates, cups and paintbrushes to clean and tidy up. So we designed a poster with instructions for cleaning tools: simple, clear and understandable ... With the language of images our pupils can no longer say, "I had not realized how to clean up." I apologize to friends who do not speak … [Read more...]

Art Ed Blog of the Year 2013: 9th Place!

Arte a Scuola is officially one of the top 10 Art Ed Blogs of the Year! After around 3,000 votes were cast, my blog was selected by Art Teachers, readers, and fans all around the country (and world) as one of the very best out there! After tallying all of the votes, I ended up with 9th place! Thanks for all that voted! I made the top 10 AOE Art Ed blog of the year!  I'm really excited to share … [Read more...]

Is the Art classroom too noisy?

I have always some trouble in the management of noise in the Art classroom also because I realize that the kids feel (and are) actually freer than in a classic lesson in the classroom. The large tables are arranged in islands in order to create three large groups where the kids are exchanging materials, tools but even ... chitchat! There are of course rules to follow, and one of these is the … [Read more...]

We paint! instructions for use

We begin to paint in our Art room that is (sich...) without sinks and without adequate facilities for carrying out laboratory activities. With students we studied together a plan to be able to paint however: a clear organization for all, decided by all, to optimize timing, movements, logistics and labor, where each will have a specific task and will have the responsibility to take to term. Here's … [Read more...]

Less talk, more ART!

We only have two hours in the week to make our works of art and we are full of ideas, we are full of creativity and possibilities ... So: "LESS TALK, MORE ART!" Here is our slogan, hanging in the Art Room, realized and colored from some willing students. It is ready to remind us all the time that the important thing is working having fun, learning by creating, and create using our time … [Read more...]

The banners for the School

After a year in Bristol I'm going back to Italy. I have worked with pleasure at Cherry Garden Primary School and, as a goodbye gift, I have drawn the banners with the key words that recall the values ​​taught daily in the school. In English schools there is a special education on the values, ​​and every day children are reminded of the words that focus on human growth, on respect, on learning to … [Read more...]

AZION…ARTI: another amazing italian Art Ed Blog

Here another new Art Blog from an Italian art teacher! She is Laura Tomasi, we met almost 30 years ago at the Secondary Art School of Trento and we have always been good friends! The title is AZION...ARTI, it’s meaning “you activate yourself”! She is teaching in an Italian Middle School (with student 11-14 years old), and I’m so proud to introduce her blog!   … [Read more...]