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Friday, March 21, 2014

Foster Art & Creativity in the Classroom

Teachers can incorporate art into their lesson plans when they have furniture in the classroom to set the tone. Creative students are open to learning in many different ways.

Fostering art within students is an important aspect of teaching in the classroom. Art gives students an outlet to be creative, express themselves, and show what they have learned. It also helps to bridge connections between different concepts. Having an area in the classroom for art is important. There are many different types of kids furniture that can foster art within students. Tables and Chairs Tables and chairs can be used to foster art within the classroom. 

Teachers can set aside an area with a table and chairs and put out different art supplies each week for students to use. Students will like the excitement of seeing what items will be out and what they can create. Teachers can alternate things such as paint, play dough, markers, and drawing paper to inspire kids to create their own designs. Certain tables such as a horseshoe activity table are designed for multiple uses such as art. These types of tables are in a horseshoe shape and they give students plenty of room to work and create. They also save room in the classroom with their unique design. 

Easels are a fun way to give students a place to create and display their artwork. Many easels like a 3 Way Adjustable Easel are made for multiple students to work at once. Teachers can choose an easel that has a storage area underneath for paints, brushes, and other supplies. This will keep the area organized. Students will love displaying their artwork for everyone to see. Traditional easels are a great asset to any classroom and one way to foster art within the classroom, but there are some unique easels that do the same. 

For example, the Art Horse Drawing Bench is a bench that students can straddle. At one end there is a wood panel that allows students to lean on while drawing on a sketch pad. Items like this give students an exciting place to develop their art. Many easels are multi-purpose giving students more than one way to express themselves. Easels such as the 4 in 1 Floor Easel gives student the choice of a drawing surface, a chalkboard, and magnetic whiteboard for playing with magnets or drawing with dry erase markers. Easels give teachers many options to encourage creativity in their students. 

Pretend Play Toys Pretend play toys such as dollhouses, puppet stages, and costumes give students a place to create ideas that will turn into art. After spending time in a pretend play center, students can be encouraged to go to the art area and draw or create what they had been playing. This is a unique way to foster art in students and gives teachers a way to see what students have been learning. Their likes and dislikes will come through when creating through art. Fostering art in the classroom is an important part of teaching students to express themselves.


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