Art Career Rotations

"What type of job can you get in the art related fields?", was a question I posed to my students! The main answers were artist and art teacher! A few students mentioned illustrators but mainly that was it! I was glad that I decided to let my students focus on Art Careers for a week in order to enlighten them about the many jobs that relate to art and creativity while allowing them to learn more about the new centers in our classroom: architecture and technology!

While we started the year off reviewing basic techniques each week starting with drawing then collage and finally painting.  I add techniques, give skill builders and artists' inspirations to add on to these centers through the year! So now I am ready to unlock more centers and instead of taking a week to do each I figured rotations would be a fun way to go and allow my students to learn about ART CAREERS as well! This was done with my 1st - 5th graders!

To start off our lesson, we had a discussion about various art careers to and from there I shared that they all would get a chance to try out 4 Art Careers for the day! They were very excited!  I explained that they would get to explore being an Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Architect and try out the Marketing Business.  I shared a little information about each job then placed a description of the job and title at each table.  The students had about 7-8 minutes at each station and took their work with them when they moved tables! I rung a bell in order to let them know that it was time to rotate!  

By the time the class was over, we reflected on each job and I had students reflect and share which job was their favorite! They had samples to take home with them as well from all stations except the graphic design station!  Some apps allowed them to save their work in which I plan to print at a later time! (I did print a few for the hallway and have pictured them in this blog).

The apps on my ipad that the students explored were Aviary, Faces iMake, WordFoto, Drawing/Painting app and Tactilus.  These are great for the art room and fun to explore!

When it came to supplies! I had sharpies at the Illustrator station, crayons/markers at the Marketing Business station, pencils only at the Architecture station and 5 ipads at the Graphic Designer station!

The students had a blast! They left the class being able to identify a number of art careers and also gained knowledge about the art apps we have on our ipads and how to successfully use the blocks for the architecture station!

I plan to have Open Art Studio next week so students can finish any past work but also have the opportunity to have drawing, collage, painting, technology and the architecture center open! Can't wait to see what they create!

If you are looking to try out this lesson! I uploaded my Art Career table signs that give the title and description of what to do on my Teachers Pay Teachers page for FREE!!!! Here is the link... 

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