Our district is implementing remote/distance learning for our students. Here's some background: our school is a 7-12th grade, 1:1 iPad school. This year I have the following courses: studio art (intro to art, grades 9-12, 1 full year), drawing and painting (10-12th grade, 1 full year) and art 8 (8th grade, 1/2 year only). I will be posting my lessons to Schoology for my students. My first goal will be to use the schoology discussion board platform to check in with students and respond to questions/concerns etc and ask them to post an art related tutorial video from YouTube so we can have our own database of activities to go back to.
The world feels pretty weird right now because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most schools in the US are closed for a minimum of two weeks, if not longer. Some school districts have remote learning in place, while others do not. While my district is not implementing remote/distance learning yet, I have decided to compile some ideas for students, art teachers and for parents/guardians who may be struggling to find things to do.
I think it is incredibly important to continue to exercise creativity each day. It is great for your mental and physical health. Depending on what you have access to, there are ways to involve yourself in a creative practice. Visual arts, writing, music, cooking, dancing, singing etc are all ways to promote a creative practice.
I have created a list of ideas to get you started on this journey, feel free to try something out if you get bored- the file "staying creatively engaged" is available for download below. For my students personally these are not mandatory, they are not to be graded or turned in. It is just for "funsies". Times like this can cause a lot of unnecessary anxiety or stress and many of these activities can help combat that. You don't need to be an "artsy" person to partake either. Step out of your comfort zone during these very unprecedented times and you might surprise yourself and find a new hobby that you enjoy. Doing something creative with your kids, or with friends via google hangout/skype can also help you create new memories. While this time away from our normal routines is definitely strange, I know we will all get through it together!
Additionally, I am always available if you need any other help coming up with creative things to do, and if you are an advanced art student who needs feedback or assistance with portfolio work please reach out to me: Danielle.firstname.lastname@example.org or via ig @daniellelivoti
I do have some tutorial videos for art educators posted on my YouTube account as well- https://www.youtube.com/user/mslivoti
if you do any of the activities on my list, please consider sharing via social media and tag @daniellelivoti on instagram
stay healthy, stay home, and take care of each other!