SchoolArts Magazine

October 2016

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Donalyn Heise and Melody Weintraub Art After Hours A D V O C A C Y CONTINUED ON PAGE 50. I f you are faced with an increasing need to pro - vide more time for your students to improve their skills and extend the art learning experience, then you might consider offering them the oppor - tunity to benefit from art lessons or workshops after school. Here are a few sug - gestions in planning such a program: Call on Colleagues You don't have to be the Lone Ranger. Find a fellow teacher who's willing to help with your workshop. Or, invite local artists who are interested in giving back to their community to visit and talk with your students. If you teach in a K–12 setting, you could enlist trustworthy high-school students to mentor younger students. This can satisfy service-learning hours that many schools require. This place - ment might also inspire older students to consider a career in art education. You could also contact a local uni- versity with an art education program and invite their pre-service teachers to complete field placement in your afterschool program. This option needs to be cleared with your adminis - tration and pre-service teachers should be subjected to background checks. Grab a Grant Research the grant pool to see if such a program might be an appropriate proposal for a sponsor. Any money at all to help you in purchasing supplies is worth it! This is especially helpful if you apply for a technology grant. (After the workshop, the equipment could be used in the classroom cur- riculum.) For more information about grants, visit arteducators.org/grants. Serve a Snack When planning your budget, don't forget to include snacks. A quick snack break before getting started will energize students after a long school day. Keep the snacks healthy and have plenty of bottled water on hand. Perhaps a local grocery store would be willing to donate items as part of their community service. Make a Memory Remember that this should be a fun experience. Although the time needs to be structured, it need not have the same objectives as in your classroom. Con- sider using instructional play to engage students. Securing Supplies While formulating ideas for projects, you obviously need to consider the cost of supplies. Keep in mind that great experiences in art-making don't have to be costly. Do some research, make a list of the materials you might need, post a wish list in the faculty workroom, and send a list home to parents for recyclable items. Mark bins and place them in a convenient location in your artroom— as items start pouring in, you'll be ready for them. Advocacy and the Art Show When it comes to validating your art program, nothing speaks louder than the art itself. Plan an art show to exhibit the work done by students involved in the afterschool program and invite the community, your prin - cipal, and school faculty. Take the time to mount and display artwork in an appropriate way. Make sure that all of your students are rep - resented at the show. When it comes to venues for the exhibit, don't limit Afterschool art programs serve the communit providing additional art experiences for students, intrinsicall rewarding opportunities for mentors, and possible field experience for pre-service teachers. 8 OCTOBER 2016 SchoolArts

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