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Have you ever asked your students questions such as:
The answers to these questions will vary among your students based on their depth of knowledge in the area, their interests, and what they have been taught to value.
When I asked my students these questions, most said they knew about artists and art teachers. A few students mentioned illustrators, but that was it. I find it important to take some time in class to highlight art-related careers to enlighten students about the many jobs that relate to art. It is a great way to open their minds to the many possibilities for their future.
A fun way to get your students moving and learning about art-related careers is to set up stations that highlight them. This activity can be done in any classroom and is a great way to introduce your students to new materials!
The first thing you’ll need to do is think about what art-related careers you would like to share with your students. Then, you’ll want to think of a simple activity to go with each. Make sure to choose things for which you have adequate materials and resources.
In my classroom, I decided to expose my students to the following careers and activities.
After I nailed down the careers and activities, I made a sign for each station so students would know what to do. You can download the four signs (along with a blank one to customize) below!
Once you have decided which art-related careers your students will learn about, it is important to gather the necessary materials. This will depend on what you choose for your careers. Here are the materials you will need if you use the activities listed above.
Start with a brief discussion of what a career is and what it would mean to have a career related to art. Make sure you discuss each of the careers you’ve chosen and explain the prompt at each station.
If you’re students are unfamiliar with moving around the room to create, make sure to lay some ground rules up front. You’ll want to cover how much time they’ll have at each station, how you’ll get their attention when their time is up, and how they will move from station to station.
In addition, don’t forget to build in time for the introduction, cleanup, and reflection.
Put your students into groups and let them go! Do your best to stay on track with time so students are able to explore all the stations. Projecting an online timer or giving students a verbal warning when time is almost up can be helpful.
After your students have visited all the stations, make sure you have them reflect a bit.
You may want to ask questions such as:
You can conduct the reflection as a whole group, in partners, or individually. Sticky notes are great to use as exit tickets and would be a great idea here. If time permits, a gallery walk before reflection would be fun so students can see what their peers created.
Using this type of activity is a great way to let your students explore multiple careers in the art studio. It also gets them up and moving and allows them to stay engaged.
What art-related careers do you like to discuss in your classroom?
How do you expose your students to careers in art?
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