Do Art Teachers Really Hate Glitter?
Do you use glitter in the art room? I was reflecting on use of glitter, and chuckling because of one of my favorite blogs (and art ed online pal’s) website is “Art Teacher’s Hate Glitter”– She was one of the Top 10 Art Ed Blogs of the Year, too! So cool…
I want to ask –
I can say with confidence, yes, I do hate glitter. The only time I use glitter in the art room is for ONE project and the glitter serves as stars in the sky for 1st grader’s cityscapes. I have a good method for containing the glitter with 28 students and no assistant. I get a huge box flat (you know the ones that pops come lined up in from the pop machine?) and have students come up in small groups to the glitter station. They lay their work inside the large box, shake on the glitter, I give it another shake for good luck and they are on their merry way. I even have students prepare the glue at their tables ahead of time so all they have to do is glitter in the box, and go back to their seats.
Sadly enough, my 1st graders this year really struggle with behaviors
. I’ve tried so many different things, but with, again 28 kids, the last period of the day, and lots of behavior issues, I decided against using glitter with a few of the groups this year. Bad teacher move? Not sure, but it’s what I decided to do.
Is there an art supply that you simply don’t like? Do you ever adjust your lesson because of the group you have?