A full review of Art for the elementary teacher.

I know, today’s Tuesday, but somehow my Monday ran away from me. So, here I am begging for your forgiveness for posting a school related thing on Tech Tuesday. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this. 🙂

I promised you that I would keep you up to date on how my classes were going this semester. Especially the art, math, and geography ones. So, I thought why not write reviews? So, here goes nothing

Let’s start with the art class. I went in with a bad feeling that this wasn’t going to work so well. Due to my horrible experiences from elementary school. These weren’t bad assumptions. However, I soon learned that my assumption were wrong.

As I had previously mentioned the art instructor had someone (more than one actually) in her family who was blind. So, that helped a lot. I explained to her my reservations, and she said she’d try to work with me. Which, she did.

The projects consisted of a lot of cutting. Which then turned in to a lesson how to teach left-handed people how to cut. Only because I’m left-handed, and I was holding the scissors wrong.

I had a scribe in there which helped also. He drew stuff when needed, and cut out things that I wasn’t sure I could. Such as shapes, and stuff. I knew I couldn’t see the lines to follow them, so he did it for me.

He also helped me pick out colors of construction paper. When we did our sewing project he helped me make sure I was sewing properly. Yes we did a sewing project in art for the elementary teacher. We made an angry bird.

When I was doing my project that I ended up using as my final presentation in there. He helped me out when I made mistakes. He also guided me in the beginning because I kept mixing up the over and under thing

Now for those presentations. We had to give at least three presentations. Two of them we got to sit at the table, and give them, but one we had to stand up. We had to actually teach a lesson, and she showed us how we should always have examples.

Because there were only seven or eight of us in the class. She made it sort of an informal thing. She just had us all meet around one of the back tables right before class each day. While there we completed a number of projects such as: the angry bird project, family portraits, self-portraits, and our final project. Our bird hat.

I think I really made the instructor think out of the box. When it came time for the family, and self-portraits. In the end she ended up having me make mine out of felt, and poster board. She and my scribe cut out my body, arms, hair ETC from the felt, and I placed where I thought they should go. The same thing was done with the family portrait.

Something that I found interesting. she used purple glue sticks. Instead of the regular ones. I don’t recall my art teacher ever doing that. Then again, I wasn’t in art for very long. She said it was because the kids could see the purple, and know how much glue they were putting on. Whereas, with the regular glue sticks they can’t. So they end up putting on more than what is needed.

She likes to say that I taught her, and the rest of my class a lot. I’m not denying that. I feel like that is my mission. 🙂 However, she taught me a lot as well. She taught me that art can be fun. Especially when the art teacher is willing to work with me. The blind person. I don’t mean sit there, and help me the whole class time. I mean come up with projects that I could do. Instead of wringing one’s hands, and saying “I don’t know what to do with her. I don’t know what to do.” Then, not taking anyone’s suggestions, or listening to what anyone had to say. Thank you art instructor. (here is where I would use her name… If I had gotten her permission for it. Except that I didn’t) I really, really, appreciate that you took the time to think outside of the box. 🙂

Thanks for reading!
P. S.. If you’re reading this. Thanks for having me in your class! 🙂

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I'm studying to get my B/S in special education, I've been blind my whole life, and no, I don't have a guidedog.

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