After attending a workshop at the NYSATA conference back in November, I was really inspired to do some YAM activities. While I won't be able to live my dream of having our first annual parent-student art night at school due to time restraints (that will be next year's goal), I have some great ideas that my principal gladly accepted and expanded on that we are going to attempt this year.
In March, we have three full weeks of school (the last week, we have Friday off for Good Friday), so I plan on doing 3 1/2 weeks of "stuff".
The first week will be an art spirit week to kick things off.
Monday: Wear primary colors.
Tuesday: Wear secondary colors.
Wednesday: Wear complementary colors.
Thursday: Wear a warm or cool colored outfit.
Friday: Crazy patterns day.
Then, on week two, Friday will be a big dress up day...dress like a piece of pop art! In other words, wear popular logos, popular style clothing, polka-dots/stripes, etc.
Week three on Friday will be dress like your favorite artist or artwork day, and that's the day we're both really excited for! Sometimes, teachers at our school don't like to go above and beyond what they are supposed to be doing, so we decided this might be a good way to practice linking Common Core between the specials. I plan on working with our librarian to set aside all the books about artists that we have in the library. We're going to ask that each teacher choose an artist to read about in class, and then I'll follow up with an art project in each class based on that artist. I'll also send home a packet with students with some photos of popular artists/artworks and suggestions as to how they can dress up like that artist/artwork.
Next Monday, at our staff meeting, I'm going to introduce all of this to the teachers, so they know it is coming up, and then at our staff meeting in March, I'm going to set up stations for teachers to participate in art themselves based on a few artists, just to pull them in, get them in the mood, and hopefully make them more willing to participate through their classrooms. I'm thinking some Jackson Pollock action painting, some Andy Warhol hand prints, some quick Monet waterlilies paintings, and maybe some monochromatic Van Goghs might be some quick and easy stations to set up. Brainstorming is still in the works for this, but those are my beginning ideas. This will be the first time teachers will be participating in something like this at our district, EVER so it's quite exciting!
I'm also dabbling with the idea of making random Facebook page bulletin boards for around the school for some of those famous artists...