When we start term at art class the children don’t know each other. It’s important to the class and for our art work that we feel comfortable and free together.
So for the very first class of term I do a team building activity.
To get them chatting and enjoying each other’s company I put them into groups.
I find it’s best to pick names at random.
3 kids to each poster.
The idea is to draw yourself and be part of the whole class.
What we use:
Large sheets of white sturdy card.
Lots of different coloured paper
Wool, Buttons, Scraps
Scissors and Glue
What we do:
1.Choose a colour
2.Draw yourself. Your whole body, arms legs, clothes, everything.
3.Cut out your person.
4.Draw around your hand and cut out.
5.Glue all the people and hands onto the large card.
6.Add woolly hair,buttons,ribbon.
The children sit on the floor around the card. This way they are close together and it’s informal and doesn’t feel like school.
They have to interact…where’s the black pen?
Passing paper or glue pots around etc.
Bouncing ideas off each other.
In the beginning they are always quiet and shy but
by the time they are gluing there is endless chatter.
I usually have 3 or 4 classes like this throughout the term.
Other group activities can be found in the archives.