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Having an Art Club is a great way for students to be involved in art throughout the year. When our time with them is limited in the classroom, an art club can serve as a nice supplement for students who can’t get enough art. An art club also allows more opportunities and freedom to try new things with students. There are some really fun Pinterest boards out there labeled “Art Club Ideas” if you are in need of even more inspiration!
Recently one of my colleagues mentioned she wanted to start up her own art club. She asked me what it takes to make my art club a success. If you are passionate about starting an Art Club this helpful guide will make sure you start it off on the right foot.
5 Steps to Making Your Art Club a Success
1) Decide on a Time
Choosing the right time will be crucial for attendance. At our middle school students are involved in several morning activities so it was important that I did not choose to have art club on the same morning that honor choir was meeting, since many students are involved in that. To choose the right time I used Google forms to survey those interested in art club. This allowed me to see a summary of results in a wonderful bar graph to analyze this data. Our best time to meet turned out to be Monday and Friday mornings, so we will alternate to include as many students as possible.
2) Fundraise for Supplies
We have various fundraisers throughout the year to help raise money for our art club’s art supplies and annual field trip. This allows students to get out into the community and talk with others about art club. This helps to raise money and build advocacy for your art program, what a great win-win.
3) Make T-Shirts to show Pride
Just like any soccer team or school, team shirts are a great way to show you are united and to show your pride by your involvement. What a better way to show art club pride by making your own t-shirts, whether they are screen printed or stenciled. See our most recent creation in the photo above. Students will love seeing their artwork on 20+ t-shirts and wearing them on the days they have art club! We loved wearing our t-shirts on our annual field trip. (More on that in tomorrow’s article) The shirts also helped us stay together as a group.
4) Display Student’s Art work
Partnering with Local Businesses to Display Student Artwork will help let community members know what your art club students are creating. It also gets your art club excited to know that their work is on display for all of the public to see! You can even display students’ art on a bus! This partnership creates a great win-win for both parties involved.
5) Go on an Art Club Field Trip
Tomorrow I will be sharing all of the details on how to conduct a successful art club field trip, so stay tuned. Organizing this event was well worth the effort. It was very powerful o have a conversation about art the students had seen in person. They raised their hand and said “Mrs. Meyer we saw that on our art club field trip!” This is a great end of the year art club trip for us and students look forward to it throughout the year!
It is very rewarding for me as a teacher to have an art club, as I get a chance to work with students who are truly passionate about art and love creating! The energy they bring is just amazing, even at 7:30am! Art club gives me the freedom to try more complex projects that I might not try with 100+ students. I hope this helps you organize an art club at your school, if you do not already have one.
Do you have an art club at your school or have you thought about starting one?
How do you organize your art club?
What is your favorite part about having an art club?