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What do you typically do on a Saturday morning? If you are like me, it usually involves coffee and cuddling and a work-free zone. This past Saturday, however, I was in my classroom at 8:00 prepping for a ceramics workshop.
A little crazy, but so much fun! Here is why you should trade your regular after-school art club for a couple of Saturday workshops…
1.Time: Good for you, good for students!
Like many of you, I have a family waiting to be picked up and fed and put to bed. Sometimes even staying late an extra hour, just once a week, can be tough. Trading one or two Saturday mornings is an easy choice if it means getting home at a decent time each night.
Time is always a factor for us in the classroom, and I felt like an extra 45 minutes after school wasn’t getting things done. Plus, it doesn’t really lend itself to something like clay. With a three-hour block, students can get the real studio experience and dive deeper into a piece of art than previously possible. Win, win!
2. Parent Involvement/Teacher Involvement
Inviting parents to participate in these workshops is a no-brainer. It allows them to bond with their kiddo in a cool way, see what it is like in your classroom on a daily basis, and can help develop an advocate. Plus, you are never waiting 20 minutes for a late ride. Invite teachers and administrators to bring their own kids, really get everybody into that cool studio frame of mind together!
3. It’s outside the box.
Learning doesn’t just happen during the 8-3 school day. More and more, schools are looking into ways to get creative with scheduling and school-day structure. Imagine how much fresher brains are at 8 AM, rather than after a full day of rigorous school work. Show your students, their parents, and your administrator that you can think outside the school-day box and get creative!
What are some traditional “Art Club” alternatives you’ve tried?
How do you connect with students outside of school?